A hedgehog has been rescued today suffering from a very unusual condition called "Pop off" Syndrome. It is a condition which is only seen in hedgehogs. It is where the main orbicularis muscle, which is responsible for helping to curl up the hedgehog, seems to slip over the top of the pelvis, sitting like a prickly hat on the back of the hedgehog. The condition disables the hedgehog which is then unable to curl up nor get around and is helpless. Caused normally by some form of trauma but in this case the cause is not known.
Vets have confirmed that a hedgehog found at Lewes yesterday morning has been kicked and seriously injured. The hedgehog has suffered severe trauma to its mouth and nasal cavity. The upper jaw has been fractured in three places and been pushed backwards.
Less than a week after a kicked hedgehog was rescued in the public area of Uckfield Community College, another hedgehog has been found in Lewes which has possibly been kicked too!
At 8.15am today students from Priory School in Lewes phoned East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) to report their discovery. Trevor Weeks rushed to the scene whilst the students keep the poorly hedgehog safe on a footpath next to the footpath bridge just east of Lewes Railway Station. On arrival Trevor found a hedgehog with blood coming out of his nose and left eye and swelling to his head and nose, damage to one ear as well as other swelling and bruising.
"These are the worst injuries to a hedgehog that I have seen for a long time" said Trevor Weeks founder of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS).
On Wednesday WRAS rescuer Kathy Martyn rushed to Uckfield Community College after the caretaker found an injured hedgehog. The hedgehog was rescued and given initial treatment at Henley House Vets in Uckfield.
A frustrating 45 minute rescue ended in success tonight after a hedgehog became wedged in a clay drain pipe in a parking area at the end of Spring Lodge Close, Langney, Eastbourne. Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called out by a local resident who discovered the hedgehog.
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) is appealing for witnesses to a horrendously cruel act of violent towards a hedgehog, to come forward to name and shame a group of youths seen kicking a hedgehog close to death in Eastbourne yesterday afternoon (Sunday).
The winter is supposed to be the quietest time of year for WRAS, but yesterday volunteer rescuers were rushed off their feet with calls to over 21 casualties. Normally the January call-out rate is averages about 5 a day. "This has been an amazingly busy day" said Trevor Weeks " it reminds me of the Boomtown Rats’ song "I Don’t like Mondays"! I hope that the rest of the week does not stay as busy."
Trevor Weeks Founder of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service received a call from Brazil early this morning.
"I was asleep when I got the call early this morning and was surprised when the foreign sounding lady who could speak English better than my Portuguese, started asking me about hedgehogs?" said Trevor.
Wildlife Rescuers are extremely annoyed with DEFRA for causing suffering to a hedgehog over the weekend.
"On saturday we were told be DEFRA’s helpline that there was a movement restriction placed on hedgehogs and we could not move them and deer" said Trevor Weeks founder of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS).