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Hedgehog rescued from certain death
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Hedgehog rescued from certain death

14.03.2012 From our online archive
Dudelange fire department was faced with a prickly situation on Thursday when confronted with the problem of a poor trapped hedgehog, needing rescue from certain death.

(ADW) It's not every day emergency services are called out to deal with wildlife. But, a trapped animal in distress, no matter how small, is just another job for the fire brigade.

Dudelange fire department was faced with a prickly situation on Thursday when confronted with the problem of a poor trapped hedgehog, needing rescue from certain death.

The animal had walked across the cap of a 12 centimetre-wide ventilation pipe, when it gave way falling down the pipe together with startled hedgehog, both becoming trapped halfway down.

The first method attempted by firemen to free the critter with grasping forceps was abandoned after an hour, because it was impossible to get a grip on the animal.

More help was needed. This time Dudelange commune together with a local locksmith became involved in the rescue conundrum. Together they came up with an ingenious device. A mechanical rod with a sort of disc at one end was the saving grace that freed the frightened animal.

The hedgehog was later taken to an animal control and care centre in Dudelange for a thorough check-up and is said to be doing well. It will be released later today, well away from ventilation pipes!