Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Woman Digs Up Ancient Relic In Backyard, Then Looks Closer And Sees It Moving.

It Was Spineless

It Was Spineless

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The hedgehog suffered from alopecia brought on by childhood trauma. As a result, he had lost all of his spines. This was quite unusual. Hedgehogs used their spines to protect themselves. So not having them was actually pretty bad. The vets figured that stress was to blame for the loss of the spines. But what had frightened this little guy so much?

Past Trauma

Past Trauma

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The vets weren’t sure how to treat the hedgehog, so they reached out to Lynne Garner. Fortunately, she knew how to help. The moment she saw him, she fell in love with the poor little hedgehog. She named the spineless creature Derek and took him to her rescue center. She intended to nurse him back to health and help him get strong. But Derek was still having issues with his past trauma.

Repairing His Wound

Repairing His Wound

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When Derek was a hoglet or a baby, he had suffered a traumatic injury that made him nervous about his wildlife surroundings. "He [weighed] less than 100 grams, and they [hedgehogs] have to be 600 grams to survive the winter," Garner told The Dodo. Derek had a rather large wound too, and it was infected. A bird attack was likely to blame for the injury, which she treated over the course of several weeks.

Virtually Bald

Virtually Bald

"I've never seen this before in 25 years of looking after hedgehogs," explained Garner. This hedgehog had been through a lot, but now, Garner and her team were doing the impossible to make sure he was okay. A hedgehog tends to have about 5000 spines, but this one had lost so many of his spines that he was virtually bald. But Garner found a great way to take the creature’s stress levels down to zero.

A Plea For Derek

A Plea For Derek

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To lower his stress, Derek needed a heated area where he could roam freely without the risk of running into predators. She made a plea on Facebook: “Derek has been diagnosed with stress-related alopecia. To reduce the stress, he needs a large heated area (an escape-proof heated greenhouse with no concrete floor would be ideal) where he could spend the next couple of months. Alternatively some form of treatment. Is there anyone who has such an enclosure or can suggest treatment? If you don't, then please spread far and wide. We really want to get him 100% by March so we can release him back into the wild. THANKS.”

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