An 186g hedgehog was to Henley House Vets in Uckfield after becoming entangled in a Christmas tree decoration.
Veterinary Nurse Jenny Pike RVN and Vet Chris Hall MRCVS attended to the her. She was given an general anaesthetic in order to clean and treat her wounds better.
I have never seen such an unusual cause of a ligature wound and pressure necrosis on a wild animal before. We see similar wounds caused by elastic bands, snares and netting but not caused by a Christmas bauble before."
– Trevor Weeks, founder of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service
The hedgehog now named “Izzy” after being found at Isfield, has been admitted to the service's casualty care centre at Whitesmith. She will need daily monitoring and her wounds cleaning. Staff hope she is strong enough to survive the treatment and that they can control the infection.
A wildlife ambulance was called to a pub in Isfield, Sussex to rescue an injured hedgehog. It was on site within 30 minutes, where rescuers then assessed the hedgehog’s condition. explained Kathy Martyn, WRAS rescuer and carer.
At first it looked like there was a crab apple of something stuck on the hedgehog’s spines, but on closer inspection you could see it was plastic and attached. Trevor and I soon found that the object was a Christmas bauble with a hanging loop for attaching to Christmas trees, which was caught round her body.
– Kathy Martyn, WRAS rescuer and carer
The loop of the bauble went across the back and under her belly and was embedded into the body through various scabs and wounds.
You could smell the infection and obviously the hedgehog had got her head and left leg through the loop when she was much smaller and as she had grown the loop became more and more tight. This would have eventually killed the baby hedgehog if it had been left so was extremely lucky to have been found and saved thanks to the observant staff at the Laughing Fish Pub."
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service have released this footage showing a baby hedgehog being treated after it was discovered with the loop of a Christmas decoration caught around its body.
A badger had a lucky escape from the bottom of a disused swimming pool this weekend. The stranded animal didn't put up much of a fight when volunteers at East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service removed him from a wet corner of the pool.
The driver of a wildlife rescue ambulance was brought to a stop near Uckfield and then assaulted by a man who demanded drugs.
The ambulance was being driven along the A22 near Palesgate Common at around 11pm on Monday when it was overtaken by a dark coloured, older style, hatchback.
It slowed down and put on hazard lights bringing the ambulance to a standstill. Thinking that something was wrong, wildlife rescue volunteer Trevor Weeks got out of his vehicle, but was then assaulted and asked to handover drugs from the vehicle.
However, the wildlife rescue ambulance does not carry drugs or medical supplies.
This would appear to be an opportunist and very unusual attack, which has obviously left the victim very shaken.
"We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the two vehicles in the Palesgate Common area on Monday evening, either driving or at a stop by the roadside. Please call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 1861 of 15/10."