A kind-hearted schoolboy has been hailed a hero for saving a hedgehog from being kicked to death by another pupil.
Despite being just eight-years-old, Tyler Davidson wasted no time in coming to the harassed hog‘s rescue and getting it to a safe place.
Since his act of hog heroism Tyler, of Immingham, North East Lincs., has been praised by the carers of the poorly creature- who have named it after him.
Tyler, was walking with pals Poppy Whittaker and Dennon Baker, both 10, when he saw the hedgehog being booted by another youngster.
Appalled by the scene, Tyler ran to his mum Elizabeth Sowden, 34, to get a tea towel and alert a vet.
For his quick response, Tyler’s name was put on his school’s “Above and Beyond” notice board and he has the chance of having an afternoon tea party with friends.
Mum Elizabeth said: “He did a fantastic job. I am so proud of him. I wish there were more kids that cared for the nature around them.”
She is going to buy him a Ninjago Lego kit.
The hedgehog was taken into the care of Kerry Last, who works with Elaine Drewery of Hedgehog Care in Louth, Lincs.
Kerry said: “I wanted to cry when Tyler got in touch about the hedgehog.
“You don’t expect anyone could do that. He can’t curl up and has breathing problems and was shrieking with pain and laid on his side.”
She added: “Educating children is far more important than getting other children involved in an investigation.”
The carer regularly gives talks and fundraises for hedgehogs.