A HELPLESS hedgehog, feeling peckish during a shopping trip, took a wrong turn and got wedged in a small basement outside a shop.
The unlucky prickly fellow was discovered by staff from ‘Munchilicious’ in Alfriston High Street on Friday, June 8.
Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called out to the scene.
A group of tourists watched as the embarrassed animal was helped by Trevor Weeks, WRAS director.
Mr Weeks squeezed his hand through a narrow gap on the pavement to reach the trapped hedgehog.
Mr Weeks said: “It was not easy to get to and he was so far back that I really had to get my head in and reach into the basement area to reach the poor little creature.”
Rescuers managed to get the hedgehog out unharmed where it was assessed and found to be underweight, dehydrated and suffering an infected left eye.
At East Sussex WRAS’s Casualty Care Centre at Whitesmith, the hedgehog was given medication and bedded down in a much cleaner environment where he is now having his problems treated.
Mr Weeks added: “Hedgehogs have been having a bit of a rough ride recently. The really dry weather caused many to come into care dehydrated and starving after having difficulty finding food, and now the sudden wet and cold weather is causing those already debilitated to have even more problems. Clearly this hedgehog saw the sign on the shop and thought he might find some nice food.”
WRAS is urging people that if they see a hedgehogs out during the day time to call their local rescue centre for advice.
Trevor Weeks said: “Hedgehogs should never be out during the daytime and many that we are currently seeing are really seriously ill and need help urgently.”