Two-month-old hedgehog ‘kicked’ to death by ‘laughing children’

Two-month-old hedgehog Clay was kicked to death by children at Soham Recreation Ground. Picture: Cambridgeshire Wildlife Care/Google Maps

Two-month-old hedgehog Clay was kicked to death by children at Soham Recreation Ground. Picture: Cambridgeshire Wildlife Care/Google Maps

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A two-month-old hedgehog, named Clay, was kicked to death by a group of children while they laughed, say a Cambridgeshire wildlife charity.

Cambridgeshire Wildlife Care. Picture: FacebookCambridgeshire Wildlife Care. Picture: Facebook

The group found Clay at Soham Recreation Ground on Monday, October 26 before they reportedly began kicking and abusing the innocent animal.

Cambridgeshire Wildlife Care released pictures of Clay on social media with a poem attached about the horrifying ordeal which is now being investigated.

The post went viral, attracting the attention of thousands online and since reporting, the RSPCA and Cambridgeshire Police have got involved.

A spokesperson for the charity said: “Firstly we’d like to say thank you to everyone who’s sent messages of support since Clay’s post yesterday.

Soham Recreation Ground. Picture: Google MapsSoham Recreation Ground. Picture: Google Maps

“To say we’ve been overwhelmed is an understatement.

“We hope if the young people who did this read this post, they may understand and reflect on the pain and suffering they caused.

“We’ve been made aware today that the case is now being investigated by the RSPCA and Cambridgeshire police.

“Secondly, we’d like to say a huge thank you again to everyone who responded to our plea for help last week.

Two-month-old hedgehog Clay. Picture: Cambridgeshire Wildlife CareTwo-month-old hedgehog Clay. Picture: Cambridgeshire Wildlife Care

“The new cages arrived yesterday, so we now have a much-needed additional 11 spaces for poorly hedgehogs.”

A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire Police said: “At 7.45pm on Monday (October 27) we were called with reports of an hedgehog being harmed in Fountain Lane, Soham.

“It was reported that between 12pm and 6pm, the hedgehog was kicked before being rescued and taken to a wildlife centre where it later died.

“A crime has been raised under the Wild Mammals Act 1996.

Cambridgeshire Wildlife Care. Picture: FacebookCambridgeshire Wildlife Care. Picture: Facebook

“No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.”

RIP beautiful Clay

I started feeling poorly, I didn’t want to eat

My tummy felt unusual and I was wobbly on my feet

The sun was in the sky so I shouldn’t go out there

But I knew I had to get some help from people who would care.

I stumbled towards some children sitting on Soham Rec

I thought they would pick me up and and take me to a vet

Instead they started to kick me, and laughed as I cried

I couldn’t get away from them as much as I tried.

My bones cracked and the pain overwhelmed me as I fell on my side

Why were they doing this? I didn’t want to die!

Some other humans found me, cold and barely breathing

They took me to a lady who would try to help my healing.

She gave me some medicine and made me a comfy nest

She told me I was safe now and to try and get some rest

She laid her hands upon me and said a little prayer

But when she came to check on me, I was no longer there.

I looked down upon her, tears running down her face

And told her I was no longer in pain, I was in a better place

I don’t know why they killed me, why they mocked my cries

My name was Clay, I was two months old and I didn’t deserve to die.

A police spokesperson said: “We’re aware of a post circulating on social media regarding an allegation of animal cruelty at Soham recreation ground on Monday (26 October).

“We’re investigating the circumstances and are appealing for witnesses, or anyone with information about the incident, to get in touch via our website or 101 quoting 35/73503/20.”


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