A Tiny Hedgehog Who Had His Spines Cut Off With Scissors Has...

A Tiny Hedgehog Who Had His Spines Cut Off With Scissors Has Now Been Rescued


Over the weekend, a hedgehog was found with his spines cut off in the kitchen of a University of Sheffield, England, student accommodation building. Staff at the university quickly called the Cawthorne Hedgehog Sanctuary, who arrived to find this…

Cawthorne Hedgehog Rescue

Anita Broadhead, who runs the sanctuary, told Buzzfeed that they found Frank the hedgehog “in a right state.” “When we first saw him we burst into tears, to think that someone could do that to a poor little animal,” she added.

She’s not sure what was used to cut Frank’s spines, “all we know is that the sharp ends of his spines had been cut off and he was dehydrated.”

Cawthorne Hedgehog Rescue

Frank also had “a bad case of ringworm,” which was causing balding. The kicker is that ringworm is highly contagious. So whoever cut his spines likely has it too.

After a quick visit to the vet, Frank was fixed up, but it’s unlikely that he’ll uncurl for a while yet because of the stress he’s been through.

Cawthorne Hedgehog Rescue

Frank is expected to stay at the sanctuary for approximately eight months. By then, a new set of spines will have grown in and his ringworm will be cured.

“The poor little thing is in no state to be released into the wild because he’s got no defence. We’ve got to wait for his old spines to shed for him to grow new ones,” Broadhead said.

“Stop and think how you would feel if someone mistreated you and left you in a position where you couldn’t look after yourself because you had no means of protection,” she added.

The case has since been refereed to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, who are cooperating with the University of Sheffield.

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