Troubled hedgehog rescued in park by wildlife volunteers

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A hedgehog caught up in a plastic beer can ring had to be rescued by volunteers on Wednesday night.

Walkers in Hampden Park discovered the hedgehog trying to walk and in a distressed state.

Chrissie Green was walking her dog in the park and came across the hedgehog, caught in a four pack plastic item on Wednesday morning.

“I was shocked when I first found him and you could see he was suffering and struggling,” said Chrissie.

“I felt so sorry for him and could not leave him to suffer.”

Chrissie contacted the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service who sent rescuers Sally Morris and Trevor Weeks attended on site within 25 minutes of receiving the call.

“The hedgehog was young and had a plastic beer can ring tightly round its body digging into the skin,” said Trevor.

“You could smell the infection so clearly the ring had been stuck there for quite a while. We were able to give emergency medication out on site with veterinary authorisation, and cut the ring off the hedgehog.”

The hedgehog was taken to WRAS’s Casualty Centre at Whitesmith and booked in to see Cliffe Vets in Lewes, where he was given a General Anaesthetic and had the wound thoroughly cleaned.

“We were pleased the wounds were not too deep which is what was first feared and the vets are fairly happy the hedgehogs wounds will recover, as long as the infection hasn’t caused and lasting damage.”

WRAS is urging people to pick up litter and has contacted Eastbourne Borough Council to make them aware of a problem of drinking and littering in the park.

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