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A prickly problem for Izzy the baby hedgehog found stuck in bauble near Uckfield
This baby hedgehog found herself in a bit of a prickly situation.
In an unusual and unseasonal incident, Izzy was found trapped in a Christmas bauble.
The animal, which is believed to be around three weeks old, was found in distress by staff at the Laughing Fish Pub in Isfield, near Uckfield, on Saturday.
Trevor Weeks MBE, founder of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service said: “The caller reported finding a small hedgehog with a piece of plastic stuck on its back and clearly in distress.”
The loop of the bauble went across her back and under her belly and was embedded into the body in various scabs and wounds.
Mr Weeks, who founded the charity, said the hanging loop probably caught around the hedgehog’s body when it was smaller, and would have killed her if it was left on.
He said: “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 it was extremely lucky to have been found and saved thanks to the observant staff at the Laughing Fish Pub.”
Trevor rushed the 186 gram hedgehog to Henley House Vets in Uckfield where she was given a general anaesthetic in order to clean and treat her wounds.
Mr Weeks added: “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.”
Kathy Martyn, WRAS rescuer and carer said: “Izzy will need daily monitoring and her wounds cleaning. Luckily there is already granulation tissue developing.
“We just hope she is strong enough to survive the treatment and that we can get on top of the infection.”
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