North Wootton pupils free hedgehog

Hedgehog found stuck in fence at North Wootton Primary School: RSPCA picture ANL-160713-145104001

Hedgehog found stuck in fence at North Wootton Primary School: RSPCA picture ANL-160713-145104001

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Wildlife-loving schoolchildren in North Wootton came to the rescue when they found an unfortunate hedgehog stuck in their playground fence.

The pupils from North Wootton Primary School, found it in a completepickle after her body got jammed through one of the wire gaps in the fence on Wednesday of last week.

The RSPCA’s East Winch Wildlife Centre was called and manager Alison Charles came to rescue the creature.

She said: “It was a pretty tight squeeze for this little lady.

“Her body was completely stuck, with her head and little forelegs just hanging over the other side of the fence in mid air ­and back end on the other side.

“She must have been pretty uncomfortable.

“The legs were very swollen, and we think she must have been there for some time ­ at least since the night before.

“There is no way she would have been able to get out of this hole by herself, so by finding her and calling us the children definitely saved her life.

“They were amazing and even waited with her, guarding her, until I could get there. It is lovely to see young people caring so much for the wildlife around them.”

Debbie Woods, school business manager for the primary school, said: “Our children showed huge compassion and were very relieved when the hedgehog was released.”

“The hedgehog was very dehydrated and poorly from her ordeal so is currently receiving treatment at the wildlife centre where they can observe and stabilise her.

“It is hoped she can be nursed back to health and in time released back to the wild.”