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Hedgehog rescued from plastic beer can ring

The trapped hedgehog was found in Hampden Park, Eastbourne Credit: WRAS

A young hedgehog has been rescued after being found with a plastic beer can ring stuck round its body.

He was spotted by a dog walker in Eastbourne's Hampden Park. Wildlife experts managed to remove the plastic ring and the hedgehog is now being cared for at a rescue centre.

"The hedgehog was young, had flies buzzing round him, and had a plastic beer can ring tightly round its body digging into the skin. You could smell the infection so clearly the ring had been stuck there for quite a while. We were able to give emergency medication out on site with veterinary authorisation, and cut the ring off the hedgehog whilst trying to keep the flies away".

– Trevor Weeks, WRAS

Was hedgehog kicked to death?

A hedgehog found dead in Kent may have been kicked to death.

The hedgehog was a lactating female who had a broken spine, bruising and shattered back legs.

She was put to sleep to end her suffering by a vet who said that the injuries may have been caused deliberately by kicking.

The incident happened in in Estuary Road in Sheerness on July 21.

A call to the RSPCA said the hedgehog had been handed over by someone who claimed to have seen it being kicked around like a football.

RSPCA Inspector Ray Bailey said: “This hedgehog was in a terrible state. It is horrendous to think that these injuries may have been caused deliberately so we would like to hear from anyone with any information on what happened in Estuary Road.”


French hedgehog put into quarantine because of rabies fears

Henri the hedgehog sniffs out his new surroundings Credit: West Sussex County Council

A French hedgehog has been put into quarantine in case he has rabies. Henri sneaked his way into the UK from France and was discovered at Newhaven ferry port. He was taken to a pet sanctuary in West Sussex and given a container of food to tuck into.

Henri was then collected by officers from West Sussex Trading Standards, whose role includes disease control and prevention. He was taken to the Animal Reception Centre at Gatwick Airport where he’ll now be in quarantine for around four months.

“We acted quickly when a vet telephoned us, concerned there could be a risk of rabies,” said Lionel Barnard, County Council Cabinet Member who oversees Trading Standards.

“The risk was low, but we decided it would be better to take no chances and put this little creature in quarantine. The most important thing is to protect the community.”