Fat hedgehog gets wedged in concrete as RSPCA forced to chisel him out

A tubby hedgehog found himself in something of a prickly situation last year.

The podgy little fella got wedged in a bit of a tight spot and had to be saved by the RSPCA.

Officers were called to Blackpool after the chubster got stuck between a tree and concrete pillar.

He had to be chiselled out before being set free back in July, the animal charity said.

RSPCA inspector Will Lamping was called to the garden after a woman was alerted to his plight by her dog, Lancs Live reported.

He said: “He was on his side so he’d clearly tried to push through the tiny gap and got stuck fast.”

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The landlord was a joiner so we helped him chisel away at the tree to widen the gap and carefully lift the hog out.

Nicknamed Sonic, by the caller, he was taken to a vet for a check-up and released back into the garden a few days later.

Sonic was one of a handful unusual rescues that took place across the country involving barmy animals of all shapes and sizes in 2020.

Another incident concerned a Southport snake. A couple went to fix their faulty tumble dryer and found a four foot long snake hiding behind it.

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The Royal Python was found in the utility room of their Southport home on December 20.

RSPCA officer David Hatton went to collect the snake who said: “I’m not sure how he managed to get into the utility rooms but was probably attracted to the warmth of the dryer.”

The snake, believed to be an escaped pet, is now being cared for by the charity.

Elsewhere, RSCPA officers found themselves saying Oh Deer Oh Deer in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands.

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That’s because an adorable deer found themselves trapped in a metal gate .

Catherine Strawford found the frightened deer surrounded by dried blood and covered in cuts and grazes from struggling to free himself.

She poured washing up liquid over him and carefully squeezed him free, checked him over and released him.

The muntjac deer, which is considered an alien invasive species, cannot legally be released back into the wild if taken into care for rehabilitation or treatment.

In the south, a badger needed a bit of help after getting his bottom wedged in a garden fence in Goddington, Kent.

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A concerned householder called the RSPCA for help on November 12, after realising the wild animal was stuck fast in his fence.

Chief Inspector Mark Miles said: “This poor badger was completely jammed in that fence and going nowhere.

"It looks as if he was trying to get from one garden to the next via the hole in the fence, but had misjudged the width of his backside.”

He wasn’t injured so they widened the gap, wiggled him free and set him loose.

And a ewe was feeling rather sheepish after getting stuck in an embaa-rassing position in a metal feeder.

Rescuer Emily Welch was called to the field, on the outskirts of Richmond, Surrey, in February, after a passerby spotted the sheep’s predicament.

She said: “I suspect she was being a little greedy and pushed through the rest of the flock to get to the tasty hay and got herself trapped.

"She was trying to move forwards out of the railings but her back end was too wide so I climbed into the hay rack and managed to carefully push her out backwards.

"Thankfully she wasn’t injured, just a feeling a little embaa-rassed, and she scarpered off to join the rest of her flock.”

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