A rare blonde hedgehog found collapsed on an Anglesey path has been released back into the wild.
The unusual hog, named Blondie was admitted to Hedgehog Help in Prestatyn where she was treated for internal parasites, fluke and lungworm infections.
But now the prickly patient has made a full recovery and was released back into the wild last night.
She was cared for by Tracy Pierce who retired from her job as an NHS nurse and set up her own hedgehog hospital where 34 other hedgehogs remain.
She said: “The little female hedgehog came to me on August 1, weighing only 180g.
“She is a rare blonde, so known as Blondie to us in the rescue.
“She was found lying on a path out in the day, near Porth Cwyfan, Anglesey, by a gentleman from Llanfairfechan.
“She was found to have internal parasites, fluke and lungworm, that had caused her to collapse.
“Once treated she needed to gain weight.
“She got up to 714g this week and has now been released to a local area, where there are other hedgehogs.”
Blonde or leucistic hedgehogs are usually only found on Alderney in the Channel Islands where they became common after a pair were released in the 1960s.
Their creamy-coloured spines are caused by a rare recessive gene.
Blondie is not the first unusual hog to be treated at Hedgehog help.
Earlier this year, they took in Albino, Bean who had a pink nose, eyes and feet.
Albinos have no pigment, so they have the pink eyes, feet, nose and are white/cream coloured.
Blonde hedgehogs like Blondie differ as they have some pigment and dark eyes.
Tracy, who is un the process of erecting another building to house 20+ more hegdehogs, added: “We presently have 34 hedgehogs in our care.
“Wild hedgehogs are in serious trouble and need our help.
“Please make sure they can move between gardens, put out a bowl of water, dry and wet cat foods, leave wild areas and have open composts.
“The late litters of hoglets will struggle to survive the winter, so we take in those under 300g, to care for until the spring.”
To help, or for advice or information, search Hedgehog Help Prestatyn on Facebook or call 01745 856181.
TRACY’S TIPS –
- Take care when gardening and using strimmers and lawn mowers
- Be careful with pets, especially dogs
- Avoid using slug pellets and chemicals
- Keep football nets off the ground to stop hedgehogs from getting tangled
- Put a shallow dish of water out and some dried cat food