A hedgehog trapped in a metal fence had a slippery escape after an RSPCA inspector used soapy water to free the animal from his plight.
RSPCA Cymru were notified after the hedgehog was found trapped between gaps in a metal fence, at a property on Long Vue Road in Port Talbot.
The hedgehog was badly trapped, and unable to move through the gap – but, fortunately, the RSPCA was able to rescue the animal. The incident took place on Monday (28 May).
RSPCA inspector Nic de Celis attended the property and was able to squeeze the hedgehog out of the gap using soapy water, in an unusual rescue he has branded a “rarity”. The hedgehog was then transferred to a specialist centre for rehabilitation.
Inspector de Celis said: “This hedgehog was stuck between the metal bars of this fence gate – and was totally wedged tight.
“We’re really grateful to the member of the public who called this in, as the poor hog had got himself into a dangerous situation.
“Before attending the property, I spoke to the caller and advised making the area shady, so the hedgehog wouldn’t overheat in the sun.
“Each and every day, we use lots of tools and equipment to rescue animals – but soapy water is a rarity!
“Fortunately, I was able to use it to squeeze the hedgehog through the gap, before transferring the animal to a specialist centre for rehabilitation. This was certainly one of the more unusual rescues I’ve undertaken recently!”
If you do encounter a wild animal you think needs help, call the RSPCA’s 24-hour emergency line on 0300 1234 999 or visit the charity’s website.
Should you wish to help RSPCA Cymru complete rescues such as this, you can donate online. The RSPCA is a charity and relies on public donations.