A hedgehog which almost died after being caught in a four pack plastic can holder is now being released back to the wild.
Marciana, who was rescued by a local wildlife charity, had to be anaesthetised five times by vets during her treatment.
She was discovered on Bonfire Night by East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) in Park Avenue. She was found with her head and front legs through one of the rings of the plastic.
The plastic was so tight it was digging into the animal’s body. WRAS founder Trevor Weeks said, “Rescuer Tony Neads cut the plastic from the hedgehog which was in a desperate state, clearly in a lot of pain and discomfort, after triaging the casualty it was rushed to the out of hours emergency vets due to the infection and severe damage.
“It was clear the hedgehog had been caught for several days and if left for much longer she would have died.”
Out of hours emergency vets anaesthetised the hedgehog and cleaned up the wounds, checking for fly eggs and maggots, before passing her back to WRAS for aftercare.
WRAS’s vets at the Henley House Vet Centre in Uckfield then helped in the hedgehog’s care over the following month, which involved having to anaesthetise the hedgehog another four times to clean, stitch, and eventually remove the stitches. Volunteers from WRAS took care of the casualty at their Casualty Care Centre at Whitesmith.
“We decided to name her Marciana after Saint Marciana whose patronage is invoked to cure wounds,” said Trevor.
“As hedgehogs only have short legs and curl up in a ball, it makes caring for them a lot harder than most other mammals. The wound going round her body could easily become infected, and unlike other mammals, we could not just wash the wounds out ourselves to keep them clean, so we needed additional help from our vets. One section of wounds was so deep that it needed to be stitched to help her recover. In total this hedgehog has cost WRAS over £350 in veterinary fees, medication, food and care, but has been so worth it.”
Exactly a month after being admitted Marciana has been placed in an outside pen where she is now being soft released back to the wild.