A wild hedgehog was rescued after he got stuck in the middle of a log in Nottingham.
The cute clumsy critter was spotted by a passerby as he struggled to get out from the hole it was trapped in. With his face poking through one hole of the tree trunk, and his paw through another, it was only by sheer chance that he was discovered.
The animal was taken to the Vets Now clinic in Nottingham where it took 45 minutes to cut him free from a log.
Critical training specialist Ava Firth was one of the vets involved in the rescue operation. She has worked in veterinary medicine for 25 years and said she had never seen anything like it.
“We were baffled more than anything,” she said. “I just don’t know how it could have happened but the only real injuries he had were swellings of his body on the other side of the hole.”
It is likely that the animal would easily have been able to get into the hole but his spikes would have prevented him from getting back out.
Ms Firth added: “It was just a case of his barbs going the wrong way which trapped him.
“We’re not a wildlife sanctuary and normally only treat dogs, cats and other pets so this really was an unusual case for us.”
The hedgehog stayed at Vets Now until the next morning. He made an excellent recovery and the member of the public who found him released him back into the wild, close to where he was found.
Ms Firth said that although everything had ended well, the hedgehog would have died had he not been found.