WATCH: Harry the hedgehog thriving after rescue at Suffolk power site
- Credit: UK Power Networks
Harry the hedgehog is enjoying his new home after being rescued by a power worker at a Suffolk electricity substation.
The confused and ill animal was spotted by Graham Welham, who works on UK Power Networks sites for contractor Freedom, at Honington, near Bury St Edmunds.
Mr Welham was just checking a substation that was about to get new fencing.
He said: “I spotted a poorly hedgehog out in bright sunshine. It was small, not moving and clearly in distress.
"As nocturnal animals, you know there is a problem if they are out in the daytime”.
Mr Welham called the charity Suffolk Prickles and took Harry to them in Stonham Aspal, near Stowmarket.
The hedgehog was left in their care for several weeks. He was found to have lungworm, which can be fatal - but, following treatment, he recovered and put on weight.
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Meanwhile, the new fencing at the substation had small holes dug under the fence to make it hedgehog friendly.
Once Harry had recovered, Mr Welham and Heather Patrick, the power firm’s environment adviser, collected him and took him in a box filled with straw back to his home habitat at the substation site.
He was left in the box under a pile of scrub with food and water, and a camera was set up to check how he was doing.
Everyone was delighted to see from the video that Harry had adopted his new home and was happily using it.
Mr Welham said: “I was really pleased he made a full recovery.
"I am a lover of wildlife and always keep a lookout at our substations This is the third hedgehog I have rescued."
Paula Baker, chairwoman of the trustees at Suffolk Prickles, said: “Well done, UK Power Networks, for recognising Harry was in trouble and bringing him to us.
"Releasing him back to the area where he was found is very important. We deal with 300 hedgehogs a year and the more awareness, the better for the hedgehog population. “
Ms Patrick said: “Hedgehogs are classified as ‘vulnerable to extinction’ so it was really exciting to find that hedgehogs were using our substation site and that Graham’s prompt action meant Harry could come back and continue to thrive.
"One ambition of our Green Action Plan is to enhance biodiversity and provide great habitat for wildlife at 100 sites, which includes the Honington substation.”