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Hedgehog trapped down a hole rescued

Hedgehog trapped in hole

We successfully rescued a hedgehog who was trapped approximately three fee+t down in a hole in the ground.  

We were alerted to the incident when a member of public spotted the distressed hedgehog near Elvenfoot, Biggar and called for assistance on 13 July.

Animal rescue officer, Dawn-Vale Juma, said, “It appears that a vehicle had hit a traffic bollard leaving behind a plastic shaft in the ground.

“The hedgehog had then fallen into the hole which was wider at the top but got narrower the deeper it got.

“I had to get creative as this turned out to be one of the most challenging rescues I’ve ever attended.

“I used my swan hook to push my dog lead down behind him then carefully lifted him up. Finally, I was able to get my fingers behind him and pull him out.

“It took the better part of an hour to find the location and get him out safely. 

“Luckily, he had no injuries so the hedgehog was released on the spot. I filled the hole with some rocks to prevent him, or any other animals, falling in again.”




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