Recent Admissions 2014 Archive
This page will not show all admissions- that is not possible as we are busy for a small/medium sized rescue. Our time is pressured and our priority is to concentrate on the rescue and treatment of hedgehogs.
Stories for some admissions pre 2014 can be found on the News pages archives. Click on month ranges below to see admission cases in those months.
On admission and check over we found that the area was white paint now wearing off. This hedgehog had been marked by someone whose garden it was visiting. Please if you don't really have to mark hedgehogs then don't- they are a nice colour as they are!
It has blood from the nose and it is very lethargic. Some further examination needs to take place as it there may be some injuries to the abdomen.
Having a spate of road traffic injuries at the moment. Time is of the essence with any impact trauma.
She is suffering from severe diarrhea & is very hyperactive so she is on fluids and testing to determine the cause of the issues.
It could be poisening or an internal parasite issue.
On vet examination it seems to be a severed tendon rather than a fracture so hopefully this is an injury that won't result in an amputation.
Settling into the hedgehog hospital and on antibiotics and analgesic meds.
He admitted freezing cold, with a mouth full of maggots and blood. The danger with this is that Barney has sustained spinal damage or inflammation. He can ball and quill response is there but he will need an x-ray to make a determination. There is damage to one eye, the jaw is OK but there may be skull fractures.
Run or ball it is no defence against a vehicle.
He is a 900 gram male with a large number of tics on him but no apparant injuries. He is one very lucky hog with his public transport near miss.
This hoglet has come in from a barn on a farm where mum was disturbed (possibly by one of the dogs) and she moved her nest and three other hoglets in the litter.
Sadly she left fawpaws behind (the owners did the right thing and watched to see if mum came back but didn't. (Euthanized due to fractured jaw on admission)
Barley is very hyperactive and distressed and on examination he has got paint on his spines and more seriously chemical burns to his back feet with soft tissue loss in areas.
He has started treatment and as I type is ravenously tucking into some food in his pen.
Circling is always a sign of issues from trauma to blindness.
We found that she was trapped fast inbetween head and body between two fence posts on a corner where the back section of fencing had semi collapsed. She had been there for at least 3 hours and was wedged fast and covered in blood.
Sometimes rescues end before they can start. A call today which saw me go out to a garden centre for the rescue of one hedgehog. This turned out to be one hoglet already cold and lifeless. A half an hours search under wooden pallets and large planters turned up one other dead sibling but with no sign of any more.
Sad that mum had chosen a great place to create her nest in a section well protected and with no disturbance but that ultimately it looks as though she has been killed or seriously injured in the past couple of days. (DOA)
The house owners became concerned something was wrong & on coming into us we discovered that she has one back leg totally ripped off. The wound is full of maggots which means that it happened a number of days ago.
She is very weak & although she is now on meds & we have cleaned the wound her weakness is now her main barrier to recovery.
She has suffered impact trauma and as such is having issues with co-ordinating movement- classic signs of an impact especially involving the head.
The better news is that when calm she can co-ordinate movement to walk in a straignt line & she is eating.
Head traumas are constantly monitored.
She has been trapped in a garage for two weeks unable to escape. She is freezing cold, is now only 400grams and near to death.
The garage is only opened once every couple of weeks and it is a miracle that she is still alive- if only just. Please make sure you close shed and garage doors in between going in and out.
Hedgehogs and wildlife can and do get caught in netting both garden and sports and they can often sustain severe injuries including loss of limbs.
It is easy to avoid this situation: Garden netting should be kept taut and off the ground. Sports netting should be kept off the ground and ideally put away after being used.
This little female hedgehog is only 340grams and was spotted out in daylight on the finders lawn.
Good to know that there are hedgehogs around our road and we will be working hard to get Luna well and back out as soon as possible.
This hedgehog has weighed in at just over 600grams with no visible injuries but it is very drawn and thin in the body. Settled in and now awaiting a fecal sample to test for endoparasites which is the most likely cause of this hedgehogs issues.
It is important to remember that hedgehogs are nocturnal and they do not sunbathe.
She is only 350 grams and has been admitted in a freezing cold condition- hypothermia.
She has been called star as she came into us on a star shaped water bottle.
He has also tested positive for lung worm.
More concerning is that on initial examination it is possible that he has sustained a fractured jaw which depending on severity if true will mean he will have to be put to sleep.
Not the first hedgehog that we have named Burdock.. this male hedgehog weighing in the mid 400 grams region was found lying lifeless in the middle of a path. The finder has also recently brought Blaze into us here at Willows, so a real hedgehog hero.
This hedgehog has gone straight into the incubator as it is very cold and wet. It has also started fluid therapy until we can identify the cause of the problem.
He is only 350 grams and on admission was very cold and in a semi collapsed state. His eyes are semi sunken and his gums are very pale.
He has not sustained any external injuries but is very poorly and while we wait for a sample to check under the microscope has been given injected and oral fluids, a vitamin injection and warmth.
She has presented totally collapsed, suffering from hypothermia, with minor chemical burns, front paws bloodied/damaged from trying to scramble out of the drain & with fly strike.
Thankfully the house owners noticed her and rescued her from the drain. She has now received admission treatment, fluids, has been cleaned up & is in a gently heated pen.
A new admission at 4am This hedgehog was being attacked by a badger & on going in for a second attack the finder chased the badger off and saved this hedgehog. Please be aware that badgers are very fast & have a very powerful bite..never put yourself in danger. Also this is not a reason to cull badgers!
Crocus came in constantly and loudly screaming in fright something you don't often hear, but seems OK apart from that. A lucky escape.
The owners thought it was a female and hoglets and did not want them in their shed.
On checking it was luckily a male however the owners did not want a hedgehog around so reluctantly we have rescued Thaine for quick release into another area we know to have a good hedgehog population.
Please a hedgehog nest isn't a risk to humans.
She went over had a look and the shrub moved being in fact a hedgehog.
She took it to Just 4 Pets who then referred her to us as they have done previously.
Please remember that a hedgehog out in daylight is a hedgehog in trouble, so secure and call a rescue for help straight away.
Another dog attack with this male hedgehog. There were a number of bite puncture wounds which have been cleaned and anti-biotic treatment started. Please watch out for dogs and hedgehogs as some breeds will go for hedgehogs and can kill hoglets and inflict puncture wounds on adult hedgehogs that if untreated become infected.
Hopi a 500gram hedgehog is not fine...
it has has sustained a large amount of soft tissue damage to the head and snout, the wounds are infected and full of fly eggs and it is in a very poorly condition.
On admission it seems that he has one eye missing as well as some damage to the ear on the same side. The eye may be causing him to circle if it happened recently. Need further checks to determine the issue.
Some children tried to help Parsley by feeding him a slug, while kind hearted please remember slugs are not very good for hedgehogs and can cause lungworm leading to pneumonia.
Second admission of the day today is a male hedgehog (Bay) found lying at the side of the road. The finder thought that it was dead as he drove past but on the return journey a few minutes later he checked and there was movement.
This hedgehog has suffered severe head trauma & there is blood evident in the one ear. As with humans the majority of long term brain damage happens after the initial trauma, so the faster we can examine/start medication- better the chance of recovery. (Euthanised due to severity of trauma & non response to treatment)
This is the reality of rescue if you are ever under the illusion that it is 'cuddly'.The garden that this hedgehog (Dapper) came from is one where we have rescued from and released and the finders thought that this may have been a female hedgehog recently released from the garden.
However it is a male hedgehog and has presented with one back leg broken and hanging off at an angle and the other back leg has sustained lacerations and is heavily swollen.
There also may be an issue in that the garden is steeply two tiered and the owners think that this hedgehog may have become stranded in the lower part of the garden with no way out.
We are visiting to check for any issues of that nature.
The finders have noticed that she has quite noisy breathing. She does not have any injuries so it is probably going to be an internal parasite issue with this hedgehog.
The finders have three hedgehog homes in their garden with wildlife access.
She is very dehydrated and thin in the body even though she weighed in at the mid 600grams region. She has had a number of tics removed and has proved positive for roundworm which she has now started treatment for.
Please remember that hedgehogs should not be out in daylight as they are nocturnal.
This 500gram male hedgehog (now named Arthur) has come in after being found out in daylight in a garden border. He is very thin at the back end and on admission has had 54 tics removed. Antibiotic cover for the tics, a vitamin injection & subcut fluids so far as he is run down and at present he is settling in.
Nice to hear the finders are followers of our twitter account, are gardening for wildlife and of course aware that any hog out in daylight is in trouble and needs help.
Ben is a large adult male and another dog attack. This hedgehog has come in from the finders of another hedgehog suffering from an attack by a dog. On examination there do not seem to be any puncture wounds or other issues so hopefully this one will return to the wild in a very short time.
We are going to go out to the families garden to have a look at the situation and advise how to keep both visiting hedgehogs and the families dog safe.
Bodkin a 400gram hedgehog has been admitted after being spotted 'sunbathing' on a lawn. The lady did some research and realised that this wasn't right and called us. Meanwhile it had disappeared off into the next garden but she tracked it down.
This hedgehog is very small and in a very tight ball. Vet examination has found Fibroids on its front leg which are very painful. St Tiggywinkles have advised us on treatment but ultimately it may have to be put to sleep. It has also suffered a severe lacertation to the back of the head and one side.
He was (just before this photo) covered in tics & he still has a number of small ones needing to be removed (very small ones can be seen around the eye in the photo). A large number of tics can cause a hedgehog issues. The family are now going to make Herbert a hedgehog home with the kids over Easter.
Tulip has been admitted after already being rescued in autumn 2013 but by a member of the public. She had been attacked by a dog and the daughter a vet nurse arranged for treatment and the family over wintered her. She has come to us for a final check and so we can release her from one of our vetted release sites.
We have noticed there may be a slight issue with one of her backlegs.
Meet Bob Bob has come in after being locked in a shed for an unknown amount of time. He seems non the worse for his confinement but he has come into the rescue firstly to check that he is OK and now we have seen him he will be monitored for a couple of days.
Please always keep shed doors closed when not going in and out as wildlife such as hedgehogs do go off to explore in them and sometimes come in totally emaciated.
Bluebell (Update) If you scroll a couple of pictures down you will find Bluebell as she was when admitted with advanced and severe ringworm. She had lost the spines on her right side (which still have to regrow) and her snout was very swollen and her eyes half closed with a nasty discharge.
She is well into treatment and the swelling has reduced around her snout and her eyes are now open and discharge free.
The owners were aware enough to realise that this wasn't a good situation and contacted us. Initial examination luckily doesn't show any puncture wounds but she does sound very congested which may indicate other issues.
Once ready for release he will be relocated to a different area from this known possible pet conflict athough in this instance the house owner is making his garden secure from hedgehogs being able to get in to avoid any further issues.
He was lost for a while and then re-spotted resulting in a midnight rescue hour round trip drive to pick him up.
He is very hyperactive and on kindly producing a 'sample' for us proved under the microscope to be riddled with lungworm, in fact several slides worth under normal circumstances in one slide sample!
Nettle came in after being spotted being carried around in a dogs mouth. The finders brought it in and on examination it had suffered a number of bite wounds needing cleaning and anti-biotic medication.
Please always bring hedgehogs in that have been picked up by dogs even if they look ok. Bite wounds get infected very quickly and you may not see them their only being apparent on full examination.
Bluebell a female hedgehog has been admitted suffering from a very advanced case of ringworm. She has lost most of the spines on her right side and the snout is very swollen. The eyes are also affected with as can be seen in this photograph the left eye closed with a discharge from it.
RIngworm is zoonotic and highly contagious so this hedgehog is in isolation and everything has to be cleaned down after she is cleaned, examined and treated each day.
The finders had no idea of how long the hedgehog had been in there and though that it may have injured itself on the spring mechanism. No issues have been found so far and after another couple of days monitoring this hedgehog should be off back into the wild.
Please check humane traps at least once a day if not twice.
She weighed in at only 500grams and is severely underweight and dehydrated. She presented in a totally collapsed state.
She is in intensive care and is receiving fluid treatment and at the moment we are simply trying to stabilise her condition until we can find the cause and commence treatment to get her on the mend.
They contacted us and she is now in intensive care. She is totally collapsed and has tested positive for lungworm. She is on fluid support and warmth and has started lungworm treatment which can be quite harsh at the best of times.
(Sadly April died within a few hours of admission).
Myrrh here came in earlier in 2014 in a very sorry state. His back leg was hanging off and very badly infected. Most of the spines and soft tissue had also been strimmed off the top of his head. 3 visits to the vets and after the final visit Myrrh really started to battle and respond to treatment.
Myrrh is now around 700grams and is managing well on three legs and just needs to grow some spines back.
After a while of treatment and intensive care Chip has just tipped the 600gram mark and has made a good recovery. He is at the moment being treated for lungworm.
Chip is not a very patient, patient at all & doesn't like taking his meds!
Little Bead was admitted after suffering a severe laceration to the one side of the skirt.This is what we call the area where spines end and course fur on the underside begin. This wound ran a good way along her one side. This was a result of becoming entangled in plastic sturdy netting (the kind of orange plastic netting you might find around road works).
She has had to have stitches and there will be a long period of post operative care and medication.