Pete Doherty hospitalised by a hedgehog after spike wound becomes infected

Tom Beasley
Contributor
Pete Doherty of The Libertines performs on the Common stage during Victorious Festival at Southsea Seafront on August 24, 2018 in Portsmouth, England. (Photo by Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images)

Rocker Pete Doherty was sent to hospital by a hedgehog this week, after a wound he sustained while out walking his dogs became infected.

The Libertines and Babyshambles singer praised the work of NHS staff who treated his injury.

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The 40-year-old was out walking his two Siberian huskies, according to the Daily Star, when one of the dogs grabbed a hedgehog in its mouth.

When the singer tried to help the hedgehog out of his pet’s mouth, one of the spines became stuck in his hand.

Doherty shared several pictures from his hospital bed on Twitter, and thanked the “wonderful men and women” of the NHS for helping him and called them “absolute angels”.



BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Nihal Arthanayake, who had been due to host Doherty on his Afternoon Edition show, wished the singer well.

He said: “Pete Doherty is now in hospital having the infected hedgehog spine removed from his finger.

“We wish Pete well because whatever has happened is serious enough that he has not been able to make it.”

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Actor and musician Kiefer Sutherland replaced Doherty on the radio show.

Pete Doherty performs a live concert at Sentrum Scene in Oslo. (Photo by: Gonzales Photo/Per-Otto Oppi/PYMCA/Avalon/UIG via Getty Images).

Doherty and The Libertines are currently working on a new album, to follow up their 2015 comeback Anthems For Doomed Youth.

He recently told NME that the new, fourth album will likely reflect a variety of styles and genres, including freestyle rap and folk.

Doherty likened the mix of styles to the eclectic variety of The Clash album Sandinista, released in 1980.