An Auckland woman has made a desperate plea for people to be clean and green after she saved a little hedgehog who was wrapped in plastic.
Onehunga woman Marni Adlam posted a picture on Facebook of the hedgehog who she says had been collecting plastic to make a nest under her deck.
When the mum's hoglets emerged, Ms Adlam found one with its spine caught in a plastic bag.
She said there was another with milk bottle top caught around its body.
"A few more weeks and it would have cut through to its internal organs," she wrote.
"Just a friendly reminder please dispose of your trash in the bin, as even the smallest bit of stray things are affecting wildlife.
"P.S. it perked up the moment the plastic was cut off it. It is ok."
Hedgehogs were first introduced to New Zealand by earlier settlers to help control garden bugs.
The Department of Conservation has hedgehogs listed as a pest, as they often eat the eggs of breeding riverbed birds.