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Mystery condition leaves hedgehog with no spines

Poor old Spud.



An animal hospital is appealing for help to fix a hedgehog with no spines.

Spud was found wandering in a garden and taken to Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Aylesbury, Bucks, last August. Experts are baffled by his condition, which has caused his skin to dry and his spines to fall out. The hospital is asking practitioners of alternative medicine to suggest possible remedies.

The bald animal was christened Spud by hospital staff because, when curled up into a ball, he resembles a potato. He cannot be released back into the wild because hedgehogs are defenceless without their spines and he has no insulation against the cold. Every day, he has a warm bath and a massage with baby oil to keep his skin soft.

Les Stocker, founder of Tiggywinkles, said: “He’s part of the family here and very much a character, but we would love to help his condition and release him. When he was brought in he seemed pretty cheesed off with life, but now he’s a normal hedgehog in everything but appearance. I don’t think he realises he hasn’t got any spines.”


March 16, 2009 Posted by | Animals, Entertainement, nature | Leave a comment

Python Swallows Pet Dog

A distraught woman has told how a python devoured her pet dog – including the collar and name tag.

Terrier Alert: Python Swallows Pet Dog

Patty Buntine became worried when her Maltese terrier-cross Bindi failed to show up for breakfast at her home in Australia‘s Northern Territory.

“She was always there so I got worried and went to look for her,” she said.

“I went around the side of the house and that’s when I found the snake. It couldn’t move and had its head up in a striking position.

“It’s belly was bulging – it looked like a great big coconut was inside it. I knew straight away that it had ate Bindi.

“I felt terrible – it’s not very nice at all to think my little dog went that way.”

She told the Northern Territory News that three-year-old Bindi was a lively and agile dog – and was shocked the reptile managed to strike her.

“She was a little smarty pants and would race away if she knew you were going to bath her or take her to the vet or something,” she added.

“She was always darting all over the place. I don’t know how she didn’t realise this thing was creeping up on her.”

She called expert David Reed from Reedy’s Reptiles to collect the snake.

He said: “I’ve had a lot of calls about dogs that have been bitten by snakes, and I have even had an olive python that had eaten some new-born puppies, but never one like this.

March 16, 2009 Posted by | Animals, nature, People | Leave a comment