The prickly little animal was rescued by the Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital last week after having an unfortunate encounter with a curious dog in Chichester, England.
It seems as the canine threat approached, the hedgehog tucked himself into a defensive ball — but apparently, that didn't stop the pup from rolling him through an area of wet clay. And when the clay hardened, the poor guy got stuck.
"He was barely recognizable when he came in, but we could see he was just about breathing (goodness knows how)," the hospital wrote online, adding later: "He was hissing a lot and getting generally agitated."
Despite his ill temper, help was still on the way.