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Happy ending for Chard hedgehog caught in net
6:00am Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
A HEDGEHOG rescued by the RSPCA after becoming entangled in a badminton court net has been returned to the garden in which it was found.
Philippa Rex found the hedgehog in her garden in Whatley, near Chard, wrapped up in the net.
She tried to cut it free herself but the net was so tightly caught in its spines and mouth she called the RSPCA.
The hegehog was taken to the charity’s West Hatch Wildlife Centre where it was given an anaesthetic so the net could be cut away.
Mrs Rex collected the animal from the centre, which gave her advice so her and her two children Louis, five, and Freya, eight, could return it to their garden.
She said: “We were so pleased there was a happy ending and it was a lovely thing to be able to set her free – the children were really thrilled about being able to bring her back.
“We just left her in her box last night so she could make her own way out and by this morning she had shuffled away.
“As recommended, we are leaving food out for her for the first few days to give her a helping hand – and you never know we may continue to spot her out and about from time to time.
“We have called her Annette, which seemed apt considering how we found her.
“We will be taking care in future not to leave out anything that could be in any way hazardous. It has been a lesson learnt and one we are not likely to forget in a hurry – neither the children nor me.”
West Hatch manager Peter Venn said: “This little hedgehog was very lucky that she was found by this family. She was in quite a tangle when she arrived here and there was no way she would have been able to escape without help and would not have survived.
“We were delighted she made such a good recovery and was able to return to where she belongs – the wild.”
Anyone who spots a trapped animal can call the RSPCA national cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999.
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