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    Default Fat hedgehog gets stuck halfway through hole in garden wall

    Perhaps he had eaten just one too many slugs.
    Or maybe he had just underestimated the extent of his middle-aged spread.
    Either way this poor hedgehog was left in a most humiliating position when he managed to wedge himself firmly in this hole in a garden wall.
    Animal rescuers were called out to help the hapless animal which became wedged in a hole, the RSPCA said today.



    Stuck: The hedgehog is jammed halfway in the hole so that its back legs, left, and front legs, right, were on either side. The RSPCA spent an hour carefully freeing him

    The adult hedgehog was spotted by a homeowner in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
    It was halfway through the hole with its front legs out one side and his back legs out the other.
    RSPCA inspector Jason Finch spent an hour carefully chipping away at the brickwork to free the hedgehog.
    He said: 'It's the first time I've ever rescued a hedgehog stuck in a wall. I've rescued then when they are stuck in a hole in the ground or when they've fallen down a drainpipe, but never a wall.
    'I still cannot understand how a hedgehog that size got stuck. The wall was four inches think and it had its back feet sticking out on one side and its head and its front feet out of the other.


    Hole in a wall: The adult hedgehog could not move backwards because its spines only go one way

    He said: 'It had squeezed and stretched so much it was like a tube of toothpaste and its back end was too large to pull through.
    'It could not go backwards because its spines face backwards which means it can only go one way.
    'It took about an hour to free it and I had to be careful when I was chipping away the brick that I did not hurt it.
    'When it was freed, it curled up into a ball, but it wasn't injured at all. It is all part and parcel of this job and it is so rewarding when we're successfully able to free an animal without injury.'
    Ms Spearman's mother Linda Spearman said: 'My daughter had popped over before work and was coming down the alley along the side of the house.
    'She saw this bottom sticking out of the wall. It was a small hole and a large hedgehog.
    'She tried to pull it out, but it wouldn't move, so we gave it some food. When it was freed, it turned into a ball until it felt safe enough to be held by the RSPCA officer.
    'I do hope to see the hedgehog again. He was set free out of the front of our house so I don't know whether we will or not. He's very welcome - and the hole has been filled.'

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1219265/How-embarrassing-Hedgehog-gets-stuck-halfway-hole-garden-wall.html#ixzz0TV1vcgRx

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    Poor baby!
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    Am I the only one that didn't know hedgehogs had spines like porcupines? The fact that I didn't know this earlier is freaking me out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Penny Lane View Post
    Am I the only one that didn't know hedgehogs had spines like porcupines? The fact that I didn't know this earlier is freaking me out.
    I think so. Lol. They have very sharp spines.

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    I'd just like to say that Sonic the Hedgehog is very unrepresentative of actual hedgehogs. The fact that I lacked this information before is still bothering me.

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    Wait, I thought hedgehogs were the same things as porcupines? Iz I ignorant? (*eta: google says yes. )

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    My dog did something similar to this.
    We had a small kitty door in the garage door leading to the garage.
    I guess he kept seeing kitty go in there and decided to try it himself.
    Problem 1: The cat is <10 pounds
    Problem 2: The dog is ~30 pounds and only 4 months old.

    He somehow, got his front end in, but couldn't get the rest of his ass through the door. There was no way I could easily cut through this door by myself since it was one of the solid wood fire doors. I had no choice but to grease him up and push him through (it worked though).

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