Lots of hedgehogs and other wildlife are maimed and killed each year by being tangled in these carelessly and thoughtlessly discarded elastic bands
Royal Mail must instruct their postmen ( and enforce their instructions) not to throw the elastic bands away on the street where hedgehogs and other wildlife get tangled up and injured by them, causing unnecessary loss of many lives. Or even better, to replace them with harmless, wildlife-friendly alternatives.
What happens is that a smaller hedgehog walks into it and the elastic band sticks to him. As he grows, it digs in & the flesh grows over it, getting badly infected.
I have seen cases where the band has dug in so deeply it has embedded into the bone of the ribs, cutting into the lungs. Those extreme cases were beyond salvation.
Hopefully it isn’t too late for this poor little boy.
Write to Royal Mail
Royal Mail Group Ltd
100 Victoria Embankment
When you find these rubber bands scattered around your local area. Pick them up, bag them and deliver them to your local sorting office with a note to the manager instructing him to take action to stop the postal delivery staff littering the streets with these
See also our netting page for similar types of injuries caused by netting that has been carelessly discarded or improperly used.