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Leona Greenan

SSPCA officers rescue hedgehog stuck down hole in Lanarkshire

The Scottish SPCA has successfully rescued a hedgehog who was trapped three feet down a hole.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted to the incident when a member of public spotted the distressed hedgehog near Elvenfoot, Biggar, on July 13.

SSPCA animal rescue officer, Dawn-Vale Juma, said the hole was created after a vehicle hit a traffic bollard leaving behind a plastic shaft in the ground.

She told Lanarkshire Live : “The hedgehog had then fallen into the hole which was wider at the top but got narrower the deeper it got.

“I had to get creative as this turned out to be one of the most challenging rescues I’ve ever attended.

“I used my swan hook to push my dog lead down behind him then carefully lifted him up. Finally, I was able to get my fingers behind him and pull him out.

“It took the better part of an hour to find the location and get him out safely.

“Luckily, he had no injuries so the hedgehog was released on the spot. I filled the hole with some rocks to prevent him, or any other animals, falling in again.”

If anyone finds an injured animal, or an animal in distress, please don’t hesitate to contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

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