Little Wild Hedgehog Who Lost His Spikes Rescued By Passerby

Hedgehogs are known for their prickly nature. Pumpkin, however, was rescued absent of all prickliness. The 6-month-old wild hedgehog, spotted by a passerby, was almost entirely lacking in spikes, leaving him defenceless against predators. Fortunately his rescuer dropped him off at Prickles Hedgehog Rescue in Cheddar, England, where he was diagnosed with a bacterial skin infection and treated with antibiotics.

(Youtube: SWNS TV)

“We’ve had hedgehogs missing some quills, but never one that’s been completely bald,” Fitzgibbon told The Dodo. “We think he’s just beginning to grow some new ones, now that he’s being treated. He’s responding to it very well.”

(Prickles Hedgehog Rescue)

“We’ve had hedgehogs missing some quills, but never one that’s been completely bald,” Fitzgibbon told The Dodo. “We think he’s just beginning to grow some new ones, now that he’s being treated. He’s responding to it very well.”

(Youtube: SWNS TV)

“He will stay with us until we can release him in the spring, back to where he was found originally,” says Fitzgibbon. “We’ll have him wrapped in a blanket to keep him warm through the winter.”

Prickles Hedgehog Rescue, founded in 2007, is run on a voluntary basis, with saving every hedgehog they can their ultimate goal. The iconic British species is under serious threat, with some estimates saying they will be extinct within little over a decade.

If you would like to help Prickles Hedgehog Rescue go HERE.

See more of Pumpkin the bald hedgehog: