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Hedgehog rescued from parking lot drain

Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Animal rescuers and firefighters responded to an unusual situation in England when a hedgehog was found trapped in a parking lot drain.

The Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service said in a Facebook post that rescuers responded to the Seaford, East Sussex, England, parking lot where residents reported a hedgehog was trapped in a drain.

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The rescuers arrived to find the drain was composed of concrete blocks that run horizontally across the parking lot with a small slit designed to allow water to drain during heavy drains. The WRAS team said they could not figure out how the hedgehog had entered the drain.

A crew from the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service was summoned to the scene and firefighters ended up using equipment designed to extract trapped passengers from wrecked cars to break through a concrete block and rescue the hedgehog.

WRAS said the hedgehog is being monitored by veterinarians to ensure it doesn't have any health issues and will eventually be released back into the wild.

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