Hetty the hedgehog released into the wild after strimmer incident

PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 June 2018

A Secret World volunteer with Hetty the hedgehog. Picture: Secret World Wildlife Rescue

A Secret World volunteer with Hetty the hedgehog. Picture: Secret World Wildlife Rescue

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A hedgehog badly injured by a garden strimmer last year has been released back into the wild.

The animal, named Hetty by the staff at Secret World Wildlife Rescue, lost several spines and had to spend seven months recovering at the East Huntspill-based charity.

Hetty was the star of the charity’s spring fundraising appeal earlier this year.

Animal care volunteer Trudi Howell said: “Hetty was an extremely lucky hedgehog. Strimmer injuries are often very severe and most hogs we see with resulting wounds rarely survive.

“It’s been a real privilege to see Hetty recover. Hedgehogs have 5,000 to 7,000 spines, so for her to have lost as many as she did could have left her very vulnerable.

“Thankfully her cut spines moulted out naturally and new spines have now grown to replace them.”

The hedgehog was released back where she was found by charity response driver Cindy Taylor who incidentally rescued her last year.

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