A prickly rescue for hog stuck in a breeze-block

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A special rescue mission, which included demolishing a garden wall, was launched when a hedgehog got itself stuck in a breeze-block.

Carole Catchpole, who runs the Northumbrian Hedgehog Rescue Centre, was called to help when the little hog was found by a volunteer’s dog.

Carole Catchpole with Breeze the hedgehog.

Carole Catchpole with Breeze the hedgehog.

And despite spending 24 hours stuck in the wall, the spiky little creature is recovering well at the Longframlington-based centre.

A volunteer discovered the hog has fallen four feet into the wall when her dog was scratching on top of it.

Carole said: “The hog was filling the hole in the breeze-block and we couldn’t get a hand in to get it out. There was nothing for it but to remove the wall.”

After removing the wall they put food at the bottom of the hole hoping the hedgehog, now aptly named Breeze, would come out.

The retaining wall which Breeze got stuck in

The retaining wall which Breeze got stuck in

And finally at 10.30pm it was caught, and taken to the centre the next day.

Carole said: “She’s doing really well. She had quite a lot of bruising on her hind leg because she had been unable to move as the hole was no bigger than she was. She has been given a course of antibiotics and hopefully she will be able to go back to the wild very soon.”

And thanks to David Sutton Builders from Rothbury, the wall is being rebuilt for free.

Carole is currently caring for 90 hedgehogs at the centre and said it’s been a bad year for the little creatures.

Albert and Tughall

Albert and Tughall