More hedgehogs need special care
Lots of tiny hedgehogs have been taken in by rescue centres this winter – and it’s feared the weird weather we’ve had is to blame. Several wildlife centres have reported having more than double the number of the creatures than in previous years.
It seems there is an especially big problem with baby hedgehogs – known as hoglets.
Many of didn’t have time to fatten up before hibernating, so they’ve had to be taken in for special care.
A spokesman for animal charity the RSPCA said: “The warmer weather in September and October may have resulted in more autumn litters, with the cold snap in November meaning that those youngsters are not big enough to hibernate and are struggling.”
The RSPCA says that hedgehogs like eating minced meat, scrambled eggs and fresh water.
To help hedgehogs hibernate, home-owners are asked to collect leaves and sticks in their gardens for nesting.