Wild hedgehogs in distress come to Joan Lockley’s hedgehog rescue to recover and are then set free.
She is 71, according to an article by ITV News, and is credited with saving thousands of lives — thousands of hedgehog lives, to be specific. Joan Lockley founded the West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue after rescuing her first hedgehog orphan in 2002. Located in Walsall in the United Kingdom, Lockley’s hedgehog rescue features a Hedgehog Hosprickal, or outbuilding, in her garden. She has a small team now, and together they raise funds for the rescue, attend events and spread the word about rescuing wild hedgehogs.
And now, Lockley has received an award recognizing her hedgehog rescue efforts. The International Fund For Animal Welfare UK presented her with an Animal Action Award on October 20, 2015. Lockley and nine others who are animal heroes received awards this year. Lockley’s honored her for rescuing more than 5,000 hedgehogs.
These wild European hedgehogs are a different species from the African hedgehog, which is smaller and has been bred as a pet for years.
— IFAW United Kingdom (@IFAWUK) October 20, 2015