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Hedgehog rescued from 2 feet down in narrow drain

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Hedgehog rescued from 2 feet down in narrow drain
An RSPCA officer in Britain came to the rescue of a hedgehog trapped 2 feet down in a narrow drain. Photo courtesy of the RSPCA

May 1 (UPI) -- Animal rescuers in Britain came to the assistance of a hedgehog found trapped about 2 feet down a drain.

The RSPCA said a member of the public was alerted by her dog to the hedgehog's predicament in a drain on Shelley Road in Rotherham, England.

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Liz Braidley, an RSPCA animal collection officer and specialist wildlife officer, said the narrow opening of the drain made the rescue difficult.

"He was about 2 feet down the drain, so it was a difficult rescue as I could only just reach him with my fingertips, and it took a good 15 minutes of gentle wriggling with some tongs to get him out," she said.

"His breathing was raspy, he was cold and wouldn't uncurl so I was quite concerned. I took him to a local veterinary practice for a check up and they kept him for monitoring overnight," Braidley said.

The hedgehog was given a clean bill of health and was released back into the wild the following day. Braidley said she placed a cover on the drain to prevent repeat incidents.

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