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Hedgehog rescued by RSPCA in Somerset after being found covered in blue paint

Credit: RSPCA

A hedgehog has been rescued by the RSPCA in Somerset after being found covered in blue paint.

The animal was found in a garden in Taunton.

It is not clear if someone deliberately covered the hedgehog in paint.

Credit: RSPCA

The hedgehog was cleaned up at the charity's West Hatch centre but still has some blue on her spines.

Staff have named the hedgehog 'Sonic' after the iconic video game character.

The hedgehog has been named 'Sonic' after the iconic video game hero. Credit: PA

The RSPCA is asking people to keep paint out of the reach of children and animals.

Staff at West Hatch say Sonic is making a good recovery.

Sonic has been eating well and is getting stronger. She had to be anaesthetised to have the substance removed and there is still a blue tinge on the spines.

The substance was very rubbery and hard to remove. It was quite caustic and so where it touched the skin there are some sore patches that will need to be monitored.

– Dr Bel Deering, centre manager, RSPCA West Hatch

You can find more information about living alongside wildlife on the RSPCA website.