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.
Swans in East Sussex had a rough ride over the weekend with Wildlife Rescuers needing to rescue one swan which had been shot in the head, a dog attacked swan, a road casualty swan and one which kids were attempting to kick.
The four incidents have infuriated the volunteer rescuers which have had to pick up the pieces.