Close shave for a hedgehog who survived battle with a Strimmer

Vet Sam Burnell and veterinary nurse Ella Sievewright with Stitch the Hedgehog.  Picture: Ross Parry Agency
Vet Sam Burnell and veterinary nurse Ella Sievewright with Stitch the Hedgehog. Picture: Ross Parry Agency
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A HEDGEHOG has made a miraculous recovery after suffering horrific injuries and a serious haircut, following an accident with a garden Strimmer.

The animal, whom vets have named Stitch, was found by a member of the public dripping in blood.

A hedgehog has made a miraculous recovery after suffering horrific injuries following an accident with a garden Strimmer. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

A hedgehog has made a miraculous recovery after suffering horrific injuries following an accident with a garden Strimmer. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Her injuries were extensive with spikes and skin from the top her head ripped off along with his ear.

Veterinary nurses from Ashlands Veterinary Centre and Animal Hospital in Skipton, believe the young female may have been accidentally caught by someone strimming hedgerows.

Surgeon Sam Burnell and her team nursed Stitch back to life by dressing her wounds every day during two months of intensive care and treatment.

Ms Burnell said: “Stitch was in a terrible state when she was brought into the practice as she had a terrible wound down to her skull, which had become infected.

A hedgehog has made a miraculous recovery after suffering horrific injuries following an accident with a garden Strimmer. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

A hedgehog has made a miraculous recovery after suffering horrific injuries following an accident with a garden Strimmer. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

“Her ear had also been sliced off.

“It was touch and go whether we could save her and we thought she might have to be put to sleep

“But, despite her terrible injuries, he was still very bright so it was worth trying to save her.”

Unfortunately, although Stitch has made a full recovery, the extent of her injuries mean she will never be able to be released back into the wild and will instead go to live in a secure garden for wildlife.

A hedgehog has made a miraculous recovery after suffering horrific injuries following an accident with a garden Strimmer. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

A hedgehog has made a miraculous recovery after suffering horrific injuries following an accident with a garden Strimmer. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Ms Burnell said the animal had melted everyone’s heart.

She said: “Because she has no spikes on her head and an ear missing, she will be released to a secure garden, which will provide a protective environment for her.

“Everyone fell in love with her because she is so cute and we’re delighted she has recovered.”