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WATCH: Injured hedgehog rescued from mud by Cornwall charity

WATCH: Injured hedgehog rescued from mud by Cornwall charity

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:52pm 25th April 2018.

An injured hedgehog found trapped in mud has been rescued by a Cornwall charity.

Prickles and Paws, which is in Newquay, say Muddy was found covered in thick mud and puncture wounds.

Diane South, from the charity, said: "Muddy came into us and had been found in a very boggy area, just lying in the mud.

"He was absolutely covered in mud from head to toe and he was very hypothermic. We don't know how long he had been there.

"He also had two puncture wounds.

"Whether it was from a dog or a fox, we just don't know but he was in a bad way when he came in."

Muddy was immediately treated with fluids and slowly warmed up to try and treat the hyperhermia and shock.

He is now starting to make a good recovery but has since picked up a severe infection in his wounds.

Diane said: "He was treated at our vets and they had a good examination of him under aneasthetic to check for any other wounds that he had.

"He's had a course of anti-biotics as a precaution and he also is on internal parasite treatment as well, because he has a few internal worms."

Diane describes him a 'big hedgehog' and says he is now eating well.

She said: "He still has a little bit of mud in places, but it's gradually coming off and he certainly looks a completely different hedgehog to the one that came in!"

But what's it like to be saving these small animals?

Diane said: "At times it is heartbreaking when they don't make it, but at other times, with the likes of Muddy, you see what he was like when he came in and to see the improvement that now he is behaving like a normal hedgehog and will very soon be released to the wild - it's just such an amazing feeling when you get them back to the wild."

Watch one of their residents being released...

She also highlights the importance of helping the garden-dwellers to protect them in the future.

She said: "Hedgehogs are declining and their numbers are decreasing rapidly.

"People are becoming more aware of little things they can do to help the hedgehogs - simple things like putting holes in fences so they can roam between the gardens, putting food and water out.

"Also things like picking up litter is incredibly important.

"Elastic bands for example get tangled around their bodies when they are little hoglets and when they grow, the bands can start to dig in and cause horrendous injury."

She says just making little changes can make a huge difference to these animals.

Muddy is now in a stable condition and regaining his strength.

Staff at the charity are hopeful that he will make a full recovery once he has completed the course of antibiotics and be released back into the wild.

You can donate and find out more about Prickles and Paws Hedgehog Rescue here.

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