A hedgehog has had to be put down after callous yobs strapped a firework to its head and set them off.
The incident took place in Pendlebury Close, Longton, Lancashire, on Friday night.
Anyone with information of the incident is asked to contact the authorities.
A photo of the hedgehog after the horrific attack has since been posted on social media.
In a post on Facebook, South Ribble Police said: "We have been made aware of an incident in the Longton area in which a firework has been attached to the head of a hedgehog and set off.
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"It comes with great sadness to say that due to this incident the hedgehog has had to be put down due to the extent of its injuries.
"We request that anyone who may have any information regarding this incident come forward. The incident took place on Pendlebury Close in Longton yesterday evening.
"Please call 101 quoting log 1702 of the 8th November or report anonymously to crime stoppers on 0800 555 111."
The death of the hedgehog could lead to renewed calls to ban fireworks, after several appeals already this year over the impact they can have on animals.
A rabbit died from shock after shaking and squeaking after a fireworks display in Cornwall, while an 18-week-old puppy was also said to have been 'frightened to death’ after a display in Barnsley.
A horse also impaled itself on a fence after being scared by fireworks in Holywell.
Riot police were attacked with fireworks during horror Bonfire Night street clashes in Leeds and Asda shoppers were all “forced to flee” as yobs turned a fireworks display into a “warzone” in a north Manchester car park.
A mum also called for a partial fireworks ban after her teenage son had rockets thrown at him by a gang of thugs.
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