A WRANGLE teenager has been giving up her free time to help hedgehogs in need.
Nikkita Hooper, 14, is working towards her Duke of Edinburgh award by giving up time each week for three months to work at Caddington Hedgehogs in Old Leake.
The rescue centre’s manager Angela Smith said: “She has a good knowledge of hedgehogs and is very enthusiastic. She has been checking on the hogs’ conditions, reporting any unsual behaviour to me and cleaning them out.”
One particular hog Nikkita has been looking after suffered horrific injuries after it was struck by a garden strimmer.
Angela said: “The hog came in on June 27 with a wound infected with maggots and putrid flesh. We called her Strimmer and although the wound has now completely healed, she cannot curl up due to loss of muscle on her back. Apart from that she is a perfectly healthy and active young hog.”
The creature is now living in the centre’s walled outdoor enclosure for disabled hogs that cannot return to the wild.
Angela said: “I am always happy to have hogs admitted for care, there is no charge but I do not offer a collection service.”
She added: “Hog numbers are down by about 50 per cent this year, so every hog saved is a valuable addition to the hog population.”
l If you find a hedgehog in distress call 01205 872135.