A hedgehog on death’s door has made a miraculous recovery after being found weighing the same as a deck of cards. When Honey arrived at the animal rescue charity, Prickles and Paws, in August 2022 as a hoglet, she was severely underweight and battling pneumonia and long worm.
Staff feared she wouldn’t survive a week after being rescued due to dehydration and the fact she was a fifth her expected size. But Honey has miraculously been nursed back to health in just four weeks – going from weighing 97 grams to 500 grams – and she is barely recognisable with her new spikes.
Katy South, 28, animal care and operations manager at the charity, based in Cubert, Cornwall, said: “Honey the hedgehog has done brilliantly. She was in such a poor way when she came in, we didn’t think she would make it in the first week – it was real trouble stabilising her in the first 24 hours.
“She has grown into her ears, Honey has done brilliantly, she has reached release weight and will be going back to the garden where she was found.”
Volunteers found hoglet Honey with no sign of siblings or family and indicators of prickle loss – caused by ringworm. After her miraculous turnaround, the charity hopes to release her back into the wild this weekend after acclimatising in an outside hutch.
“Her body condition was awful. She was really underweight”, Katy said. “She was cold on admission and really dehydrated. When she first came in she went straight into an incubator, she spent about a week in there in intensive care. She had a course of antibiotics as she had pneumonia. She also tested positive for long worm.”
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