Friday, 5 February 2016

Stressed-out hedgehog loses its spines

Vets diagnose hedgehog with alopecia


4:06PM GMT 04 Feb 2016

A hedgehog has lost all his spines due to alopecia brought on by his traumatic childhood.

The unusual case was discovered by vets at the A120 Veterinary Surgery near Little Hadham in Hertfordshire.

They have diagnosed Derek with alocecia after his spines began to fall out and have attributed the loss to stress.

"He's a fighter and we really want to get him 100 per cent by March so we can release him back into the wild" said Lynne Garner, who runs Herts Hogline

Lynne Garner, who runs Herts Hogline, is hoping her hedgehog will regrow his spines so he can roam free again soon.

Lynne, a published author of children's books and crafting books, said: "He's a fighter and we really want to get him 100 per cent by March so we can release him back into the wild.

"He has a very strong personality. If I try to handle him he curls up and bounces around trying to hurt me with his spines but instead I just get hit with a little ball of warm, soft skin."

"He was just a tiny hoglet - two or three weeks old and weighing 3oz - when he was found wandering in a back garden in Bishop's Stortford, Herts., last September, " she said.

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