Warning after exhausted hedgehog rescued from water

PUBLISHED: 14:00 04 June 2012

Speedo the hedgehog after being rescued and handed to Prickles Rescue Centre

Speedo the hedgehog after being rescued and handed to Prickles Rescue Centre

Jules Bishop

PUTTING a ramp on a pond can be the difference between life and death for hedgehogs – that is the message from the head of a rescue centre after one of the prickly critters was rescued from a moat.

Jules Bishop, head of Prickles rescue centre in Cheddar, took in an exhausted hedgehog after Paul and Carol Arblaster rescued it from a moat in Wells using a fishing net.

Ms Bishop said: “Hedgehogs can swim short distances but often get into difficulty when they fall into water and are unable to climb out, providing a ramp in garden ponds can be the difference between life and death.

“The little chap was lucky have been spotted, we think he had been there for a while as he was exhausted. He is recovering from his ordeal at Prickles.”

If you come across a hedgehog in distress, call Prickles on 07806 744772 or go to www.prickleshedgehogrescue.org.uk

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