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Gardeners warned to be careful of sleepy hedgehogs after THIS happened to a poor creature

Gardeners are being warned to watch out for sleepy hedgehogs waking from hibernation – after this prickly creature was caught in the blades of a strimmer.

The little hog – named Braveheart by rescuers – had just emerged from his winter sleep when the gardening tool ripped into his body.

It sliced into his skin, tearing off a patch of his spines, and leaving him fighting for life.

NB Please note graphic content - Braceheart the hedgehog who got sliced open by a strimmer. See SWNS story SWHOG; Gardeners are being warned to keep their eyes peeled for sleepy hedgehogs when they are mowing their lawn as they come out of hibernation. The warning comes from a hedgehog rescue centre after feisty Braveheart got caught in a strimmer.  The little hog had just emerged from hibernation before he was caught up in the gardening tool on Monday. It sliced into his skin, tearing off a patch of his spines, and leaving him fighting for his life with brutal injuries.

Braveheart the hedgehog who got sliced open by a strimmer.

He is now being cared for at the Help a Hedgehog Hospital in Gloucestershire, which is warning gardeners to take care.

Ironically, Braveheart had only been released by the centre ten days earlier after spending the winter there.

Spokeswoman Carole Deuten said: “Braveheart had spent the winter with us so he had already had a long time of it.

“We then released him into a lady’s garden and it turned out her neighbour had contracted gardeners in – using strimmers.

“This was just ten days after we released him. He’s usually a very feisty hog and he’s been getting livelier again.

“He’s a big boy, weighing a kilo, and he’s putting on a bit of weight.”

NB Please note graphic content - Braceheart the hedgehog who got sliced open by a strimmer. See SWNS story SWHOG; Gardeners are being warned to keep their eyes peeled for sleepy hedgehogs when they are mowing their lawn as they come out of hibernation. The warning comes from a hedgehog rescue centre after feisty Braveheart got caught in a strimmer.  The little hog had just emerged from hibernation before he was caught up in the gardening tool on Monday. It sliced into his skin, tearing off a patch of his spines, and leaving him fighting for his life with brutal injuries.

Gardeners are being warned to keep their eyes peeled for sleepy hedgehogs when they are mowing their lawn as they come out of hibernation.

Braveheart is being treated with antibiotics and pain relief following the incident on Monday and vets are hoping to keep infection at bay.

However, they are also worried about dehydration and trauma which can be fatal.

Hedgehogs sleep in a ball among long grass and undergrowth during the day – a prime target for lawnmowers.

When they hear noises from power tools, instead of running away, they curl up tighter in self defence.

Carole thinks it might take six weeks for Braveheart to be able to roll up again.

She is stressing that gardeners should check the undergrowth before using any bladed tools to help protect the hedgehogs.

NB Please note graphic content - Braceheart the hedgehog who got sliced open by a strimmer. See SWNS story SWHOG; Gardeners are being warned to keep their eyes peeled for sleepy hedgehogs when they are mowing their lawn as they come out of hibernation. The warning comes from a hedgehog rescue centre after feisty Braveheart got caught in a strimmer.  The little hog had just emerged from hibernation before he was caught up in the gardening tool on Monday. It sliced into his skin, tearing off a patch of his spines, and leaving him fighting for his life with brutal injuries.

The little hog had just emerged from hibernation before he was caught up in the gardening tool on Monday. It sliced into his skin, tearing off a patch of his spines, and leaving him fighting for his life with brutal injuries.

“As well as strimmers, there are other dangers that emerge in the summer months. We had one hog who fell in a pond and slug pellets are always a danger at this time of year.

“It can be a bit of a battleground.”

Hedgehog numbers are plummeting, down from 30 million in the 1950s to 0.9 million this decade, and the rescue centre sees about 20 strimmer related incidents each year.

She hopes that by raising awareness more hedgehogs will be spared the same fate.

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