Hedgehog Rescued from Pipe

A hedgehog found himself in a hole lot of bother yesterday (Monday 2nd July) after falling into a pipe close to the junction of Mill Road and String Walk Hailsham.

The hedgehog is thought to have fallen into the pipe during the night and spent all day curled up in the pipe till observant walkers noticed the hedgehog in its predicament.

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called out just before 6pm last night to rescue the hedgehog.

WRAS founder Trevor Weeks MBE attended on site to find the hedgehog about 2ft down inside the pipe.  "The hedgehog was not exactly small and filled the pipe. There wasn't any room for me to get my hands in to lift the hedgehog up so I had to use a dog grasper to try and free the hedgehog" said Trevor.

It took Trevor three attempt to get the hedgehog out and Trevor had to use a crowbar to help get the loop of the dog grasper in place properly.

"I was so relived once I had the loop in place and I could lift the hedgehog to safety" said Trevor, "the hedgehog was a boy and a good size and shape but I decided to bring him in for observations after being in the sun for most of the day."

East Sussex WRAS is urging people to keep an eye out for pipes, drains and holes which are uncovers and to call the council or relevant authority to ensure drain covers or replaced and repaired as soon as possible.  If anyone sees a hedgehog or other creature trapped in a hole they should call East Sussex WRAS on 07815-078234.


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