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Good news for Claire the Hedgehog who has recovered after three weeks in intensive care

Such good news!

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Megan Bull
TV Writer
19 March 2020
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It's been a good day for Claire the Hedgehog who has finally made a full recovery after spending three weeks in intensive care! The prickly young lady was brought into the Wildlife Orphanage and Hedgehog Hospital in North Yorkshire by a member of the public, who had discovered Claire lying outside in the daytime, supposedly snoring. In a dramatic turn of events, the hospital staff quickly realised that Claire was actually suffering from a potentially fatal case of pneumonia and lungworm. "We didn't think she'd make it to be honest," explained Annette Pyrah, who runs the centre. 

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Since revealing the details of her miracle recovery, Annette has now confirmed that as of Wednesday, Claire is one healthy hedgehog. "We have lots of equipment here, a nebuliser, an intensive care unit and we have a vet who can dispense the medicines needed and it's been a long time," she said, "but on Wednesday morning we had some really good news.  Never in a million years did I think Claire would reach this point but she did - she now breathes totally silently. And she's put on a lot of weight. Just look at those chubby little thighs!"

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Claire the hedgehog has been in intensive care for three weeks

An adorable video of the gorgeous hedgehog shows her breathing peacefully as she indulges in a mid-morning nap - and we can't stop crying. Clearly thriving since receiving treatment at the wildlife hospital, Annette was more than thrilled to reveal the good news: "We're absolutely delighted. Miracles do happen," she said. "When you consider how she was when she first came in it was horrible to hear and see her struggling like she was - isn't she just gorgeous!" Explaining that the next step would be for Claire to venture outside in a pre-release pen, we're sending all our love and well wishes to Claire - the hedgehog who overcame incredible odds. 

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