A homeowner reported finding the hedgehog trapped down a two-foot drain pipe on the morning of 5 March and RSPCA animal collection officer, Will Gavin, was first on the job.
After initially struggling to free the hedgehog, a second officer, Ann Lloyd Williams, was called in to help and the hedgehog was successfully removed from the drain and released.
“It was a large healthy male, so we were able to release the hedgehog back into the garden,” comments Gavin. “The drain is now covered so he can’t fall down there again.”
The hedgehog was rescued from a drain in Colwyn Bay. © RSPCA Cymru
With the weather starting to warm up, hedgehogs are coming out of hibernation and the RSPCA is reminding the public to make sure that drains are covered to stop emerging hedgehogs, or other wild animals, from becoming trapped.
“Animals like hedgehogs can easily fall into uncovered drains or holes in your garden,” says Gavin. “So we recommend covering the holes or checking them every day to ensure no animals have become trapped.”