A hedgehog rescued from a North Lanarkshire high school has died from “multiple stab wounds”, a local wildlife group says.
Police have launched an investigation into the attack on the animal at Brannock High School, in Motherwell, on Tuesday, May 18.
Motherwell District Wildlife Protection was called to the school where the hedgehog was found injured before being transported to a veterinary clinic.
The creature died at the vets shortly after.
The group said the animal had been kicked and had suffered “multiple stab wounds”.
A spokesperson for Motherwell District Wildlife Protection said: “All wounds have been photographed. Police are involved and are coming out to see us. The poor thing suffered terribly.”
A North Lanarkshire Council spokesperson said: “We are aware of an alleged incident at the school and will be carrying out an investigation in order to determine the full facts.”
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We have received a report of an injured hedgehog being found at Brannock High School on Tuesday, 18 May. Enquiries into the incident are at an early stage.”