Hamworthy Hedgehog Rescue

Tiny Tinker

Things have been extremely busy here today. We’ve had three new intakes before lunchtime and are expecting another within the next hour and the phone has been ringing off the hook.

This is the smallest today so far – tiny Tinker, named and bought in to us by Dawn, one of our volunteers after her neighbour found her in the garden around 10am.

She weighs just 322g. She has suffered a traumatic amputation of her left hind leg (probably done by a fox), which although almost healed it does still have some open skin with a mild infection. She also has a small injury just above her left eye and a heavy respiratory infection, which we can feel in her back and chest when she breathes. Finally, she had a large infestation of mites, so she is extremely poorly.

She has been given sub-cut fluids, antibiotics and treatment for the mite infestation. At present she is too ill to have an insecticidal bath, which would be the quickest way to get rid of mites.

She is now in one of the incubators with a nebuliser giving warm medicated steam to open her airways and aid her breathing.

We have our fingers crossed tightly for this little girl. She is going to need all the luck she can get.

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