A pair of Nottingham-based vets came to the rescue of a “somewhat inconvenienced” hedgehog, which had managed to get itself wedged inside a log, with the help of a chisel and bone saw.

A pair of Nottingham-based vets came to the rescue of a “somewhat inconvenienced” hedgehog, with the help of a chisel and bone saw.

Hedgehog in a log; Mr Kellow removes quills; extent of oedemaThe wild hedgehog was rushed into the PDSA’s Nottingham branch after he was found in a tight spot – stuck inside a log.

He was freed after 45 minutes thanks to the work of PDSA vet Jim Kellow and Vets Now surgeon Ava Firth, who admitted she was baffled by the creature’s predicament and had not seen anything like it in more than 25 years of practice.

After initial attempts to get the animal out by removing some of its quills were unsuccessful, the vets tried to break him out with an osteotome.

Ms Firth said: “We slipped a tablespoon down beside his neck to protect him from any inadvertent cuts. The chiseling helped relieve a bit of the pressure but wasn’t sufficient to release him. So then we got out the oscillating saw and made some diagonal cuts in the log so that we could lift out a wedge of wood from around him.”

Although Ms Firth claimed the hedgehog came out looking “quite misshapen“, he was otherwise unharmed.

“We tucked him into an improvised nest with some food and water, and by the next morning he looked like a proper hedgehog again,” she added.

He was released back into the wild the following day by the person who originally found him.

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