A hedgehog has been rescued and released back into the wild after becoming stuck 2ft down a drain in Rotherham.
The RSPCA was called on Monday 20 April after a member of the public’s dogs alerted her to the trapped animal in the drain on Shelley Road.
RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer Liz Braidley, who is also one of the RSPCA’s specialist wildlife officers, said: “He was about 2ft down the drain, so it was a difficult rescue as I could only just reach him with my fingertips, and it took a good 15 minutes of gentle wriggling with some tongs to get him out.
“His breathing was raspy, he was cold and wouldn’t uncurl so I was quite concerned. I took him to a local veterinary practice for a check up and they kept him for monitoring overnight.
“Luckily he was given a clean bill of health and I released him at dusk the following day (Tuesday 21 April), though he didn’t seem to be in any rush to go!”
Liz also replaced the drain cover to try to prevent any repeat incidents.
For more information about what to do if you find a wild animal in need of help, please visit the RSPCA’s website: https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/wildlife/injuredanimals
The RSPCA is continuing an emergency-only service through the lockdown period.
To help the RSPCA keep rescuing animals like these in these unprecedented times, please donate whatever you can spare at www.rspca.org.uk/covid