IT was a happy ending for this orphaned hedgehog, which was not much bigger than a human thumb when it was rescued.
Caddington Hedgehogs, in Old Leake, rescued a litter of five day-old babies back in June – but sadly this ‘thumb’ hog was the only one strong enough to survive.
Having since recovered with the careful hand-rearing attention of centre owner Angela Smith, the four-month-old-creature was released back into the wild last week.
“She came in weighing only 16g, making her the smallest I’ve ever had to care for,” said Angela.
“She was suffering from dehydration and was very thin, being just as long as an adult thumb.”
As the animal grew bigger it was put in the centre’s outdoor walled hog garden with one of the permanent residents – blind hedgehog Lucy.
“Last week the baby was released into a Sutterton garden weighing a massive 515gs,” added Anglea.
“The garden owners have since been watching her come out to feed.”