Badly injured hedgehog

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Badly injured hedgehog

Badly injured hedgehog

Badly injured hedgehog

Think twice before using a strimmer.

This picture shows what terrible damage a strimmer can do to a wild animal. I found this hedgehog in my garden in broad daylight just a couple of weeks ago. You can see the damage that has been caused. I cleaned the wound as well as I could but I could see there were fly eggs inside. I knew this damage was beyond my capabilities and that if the eggs had time to hatch into maggots they would eat the poor thing alive. Fortunately the story has a happy ending. I took it to a specialist vet who operated on it and the hedgehog is now making a good recovery. This demonstrates just how dangerous our labour saving mechanical devices can be. I hasten to add that I don't use a strimmer myself. Please be mindful of this when next using your strimmer to cut down that long grass, you're more likely to slice up some poor frogs than a hedgehog but that is just as bad.

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