Caught in a Trench
The other day a colleague brought me a hedgehog that had arrived on her lawn in the middle of the day, he did not look at all well. His front feet were bleeding badly, the claws being worn right down to nothing and pulled away from the skin. He was also very dirty and sandy. In order to check if there were any other injuries I decided to give him a warm bath with a mild antiseptic solution. It took three baths to get him clean, the water went black each time and I realised that he had probably been trapped in some footings or something similar.
The poor little hedgehog was traumatised. After spraying his feet with some Wound and Skin Care I gave him an injection of saline because he was dehydrated, and then laid him down on a heat pad.
Upon investigation, my colleague found that some building work was going on in a neighbour's garden and there was the trench into which the hedgehog had fallen. She put a plank down into it giving other trapped animals an easier escape route. It was amazing that the hedgehog, although frightened, made his way to her garden where she has a feeding station.
The hedgehog must have been trapped most of the night. I am glad to say that he is recovering, albeit gradually.
If anyone reading this story has a hole or trench in their garden or knows of one nearby please would you put a cover over it to stop any small animal falling in? Thank you.