A hedgehog was rescued from five cruel teenagers as they kicked it around like a football at Lynnsport in Lynn.
The two boys and three girls, thought to be around 13 or 14, were seen kicking booting the helpless animal behind a skateboard shed on Saturday.
A passer-by rescued the hedgehog and took it to the nearby RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre.
Manager Alison Charles said: “There is absolutely no excuse for treating a live animal in this callous way - just kicking him around as if it were sport. The hedgehog has survived although is still quite poorly in our care with injuries to his left side, possibly where he was kicked.
“We hope he will make a good recovery though, and then be released back to the wild where he belongs. We are very grateful to the kind passer-by for stopping to rescue him and bring him to us.”