East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service have admitted their 5000th casualty of 2020.
The hedgehog, called Henry, was found during the night by residents in Ringmer, after they heard his prolonged chesty coughing. Concerned for his welfare they picked him up and kept him safe before calling the charity.
Casualty Manager Karen Francis admitted the hedgehog and said “initial examination and checks show he has a problem with lungworm, which will require several weeks’ worth of treatment.”
So far in 2020, the charity have helped 1032 more animal casualties than last year, the biggest and most substantial increase they’ve faced yet.
“The spring and early summer were very busy for WRAS, not helped by so many people being at home during lockdown and so many young and baby wild creatures about, leading to more conflict between humans and wildlife” explained WRAS founder Trevor Weeks MBE.
“It is likely Henry will be in care with us for Christmas and into New Year but once fit and well, and as long as we have some suitable mild weather we will be able to release him back to his home range in the New Year” added Karen.