RSPCA come to the rescue of sickly hedgebox in East Cambs - and enjoy the note left beside it by the caller who told them

PUBLISHED: 15:09 08 December 2018

A hedgehog left at Fordham near Ely had a note attached to 'take care of this sweet little thing'. Whoever wrote the note also indicated they had called it Jack. Picture@ RSPCA

A hedgehog left at Fordham near Ely had a note attached to 'take care of this sweet little thing'. Whoever wrote the note also indicated they had called it Jack. Picture@ RSPCA

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What do you do if you come across a sickly hedgehog?

A hedgehog left at Fordham near Ely had a note attached to 'take care of this sweet little thing'. Whoever wrote the note also indicated they had called it Jack. Picture@ RSPCA A hedgehog left at Fordham near Ely had a note attached to 'take care of this sweet little thing'. Whoever wrote the note also indicated they had called it Jack. Picture@ RSPCA

That was the dilemma faced by a woman in East Cambridgeshire after she found the baby hedgehog.

In the end she decided to call the RSPCA to say where the hedgehog had been left – alongside a note thanking them for their kindness in looking after animals.

An RSPCA spokesman said: “A kind-hearted member of the public rang us after spotting an unwell hedgehog in her garden.

“Although the caller had to leave she was able to safely confine the unusual looking hedgehog - and left a lovely note for the animal collection officer to find.”

A hedgehog left at Fordham near Ely had a note attached to 'take care of this sweet little thing'. Whoever wrote the note also indicated they had called it Jack. Picture@ RSPCAA hedgehog left at Fordham near Ely had a note attached to 'take care of this sweet little thing'. Whoever wrote the note also indicated they had called it Jack. Picture@ RSPCA

The note read: ‘Thank you for your hard work to help animals’.

Animal collection officer Naemi Kilbey said: “It was a real surprise to spot a little note had been left - we do sometimes get offered cups of tea and cake and all sorts when we are on the road and is really nice to feel appreciated, especially at this time of year.

“The poor hedgehog was tiny and was breathing heavily so I took him straight to RSPCA East Winch wildlife centre where he is now gaining weight and recovering well.”

If you are concerned about the welfare of an animal please contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 4999.

This Christmas, the RSPCA is asking the public to support its Kindness at Christmas campaign. To donate, please visit www.rspca.org.uk/giftofkindness.

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