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.”