Un­happy as a hog in muck...


Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS - Amelia Shaw

A HEDGE­HOG had a smelly en­counter – and a lucky es­cape – af­ter he be­came trapped in a slurry pit at a farm in Caernar­fon.

The crea­ture had man­aged to wedge it­self in the pit and was un­able to es­cape.

RSPCA Cymru an­i­mal col­lec­tion of­fi­cer (ACO) Wil­liam Galvin at­tended the farm in Saron last Tues­day.

He said: “It’s un­clear how this hedge­hog man­aged to get into this fix!

“Per­haps he was a bit in­quis­i­tive or took an ac­ci­den­tal tum­ble, but he ended up need­ing our as­sis­tance.

“The caller who re­ported this to us had tried to res­cue him, but they were un­able to free him suc­cess­fully.

“Us­ing a res­cue pole, I was able to catch him and lift him out. Luck­ily, he was un­in­jured and was just cov­ered in muck and – un­sur­pris­ingly – rather smelly!

“This hedge­hog was lucky he was spot­ted, although the poor thing had been there for a cou­ple of days.”

Fol­low­ing the res­cue, ACO Galvin cleaned up the hedge­hog and re­turned him back into the wild.

“It is not un­usual for an­i­mals to get stuck in things like pits and cat­tle grids,” added ACO Galvin. “Some grids have ramps in them to al­low an an­i­mal to climb back out.”

RSPCA Cymru of­fers hedge­hog-friendly gar­den­ing tips to mem­bers of the pub­lic, to help keep th­ese crea­tures safe.

Th­ese in­clude: ● Cover drains and holes and place bricks at the side of ponds to give hedge­hogs an easy route out. Cover swim­ming pools overnight and when not in use. ● Check for hedge­hogs be­fore us­ing strim­mers or mow­ers, par­tic­u­larly un­der hedges where an­i­mals may rest. ● Check com­post heaps for nest­ing hogs be­fore fork­ing over. ● Build bon­fires as close to the time of light­ing as pos­si­ble and check them thor­oughly be­fore light­ing. ● Re­move sports or fruit net­ting when not in use to pre­vent hedge­hogs be­com­ing en­tan­gled, and get­ting in­jured. ● Slug pel­lets can poi­son hedge­hogs and should only be used as a last re­sort. In­stead, it is ad­vised to try us­ing one of many “nat­u­ral” al­ter­na­tives, like sprin­kling crushed eggshells or cof­fee grounds around the plants you need to pro­tect. If you have to use pel­lets, place them un­der a slate which is in­ac­ces­si­ble to hedge­hogs.

For fur­ther ad­vice on help­ing hedge­hogs in your gar­den, please visit: www.rspca.org.uk/ad­vice­andwel­fare/wildlife/ inthewild/gar­den­hedge­hogs. If you find an an­i­mal in dis­tress, please call their 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.

● A hedge­hog had to be res­cued af­ter he be­came trapped in a slurry pit at a farm in Caernar­fon

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