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Storm-tossed hedgehog on mend after getting tangled up in trouble

By Cate McCurry

A young hedgehog that became an unlikely victim of Storm Ophelia after ending up tangled in a basketball net is recovering.

The juvenile, who is in the safe hands of wildlife rescue worker Debbie Doolittle, is making a full recovery after his ordeal.

The hedgehog is among a wildlife that Debbie has taken in recently following the bad weather and dark evenings.

She said she dealt with dozens of calls for help every day while carrying out school visits.

Debbie has rescued thousands of stricken animals after setting up her wildlife rescue centre at her home near Antrim.

She said: "Baby pigeons are still arriving - we currently have around 40 pigeons of various ages and ailments, both feral and wood pigeons, and also doves.

"Most in-comings have been baby and juvenile hedgehogs who are all far too small to survive. The teeniest was only 79 grams on arrival but he has now put on nearly 80 grams, which is fantastic.

"We also had another juvenile hedgehog who got tangled in a basketball net during Ophelia. The person who discovered it got most of the net off but there was still some remaining. Thankfully once she settled and felt safer she uncurled and we managed to remove the rest of the netting with no ill-effects."

She is also caring for a young buzzard that sustained a broken wing.

She added: "It's a stable break and the wing is splinted and he's doing really well - I'm positive for a full recovery."

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