At Athersley South not only do the pupils care for the wellbeing of themselves and their friends, we also care for the wellbeing of the wildlife that lives on our school grounds.
On Friday as we were all leaving school, one of our eagled eyed year 6 pupils spotted a baby hedgehog on the playground. The hedgehog was not very well at all. It was curled in a ball, felt very cold and was not moving very much.
The pupil knew exactly what to do and told one of the members of staff on the playground. Thanks to her super wildlife spotting skills and quick response, we were able to get the sick baby hedgehog to Shelley Hedgehogs Rescue Centre where she was immediately put in one of the intensive care incubators.
As suspected they confirmed the hedgehog was unfortunately very unwell with a parasitic infection called roundworm. She is very tiny, weighing only 180g, the smallest hogglet in the rescue centre at the moment. This morning we have received a positive update to say she has survived the night and is looking a little better.
Hopefully she will continue to improve until she is strong enough to start treatment for the illness.
Well done to our wonderful pupils for giving this little hedgehog a chance of survival. We are so proud!