Res­cue cen­tre’s plea to help with baby hedge­hogs

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

A HEDGEHOG res­cue char­ity is look­ing for pub­lic sup­port af­ter res­cu­ing a fam­ily of five adorable hoglets.

The baby hedge­hogs, along with their mother, have been res­cued by Hog­a­rth’s / Spikey’s Hedgehog Res­cue, based in Hinck­ley.

The char­ity took on the adorable young­sters when their orig­i­nal nest­site was dis­turbed and the area con­sid­ered too dan­ger­ous for them to stay there.

How­ever, the char­ity is now des­per­ately search­ing for funds to buy new equip­ment to help keep baby hedge­hogs warm dur­ing the win­ter months.

Any cash raised would be used to buy heated hos­pi­tal cages for or­phaned or sick baby hedge­hogs, which usu­ally come to the char­ity via Fair­field Vet­eri­nary Cen­tre, on Le­ices­ter Road.

Dave Hall, from the char­ity, said the hedge­hogs had now started to grow up, adding: “They have now started to ex­plore fur­ther afield, the whole fam­ily have been a suc­cess, they are no longer ba­bies but now look like small hedge­hogs, and should have suf­fi­cient weight to sur­vive hi­ber­na­tion.

“For al­most two whole decades, the char­ity has been tak­ing-in hedge­hogs via the ex­cel­lent Fair­field Vet­eri­nary Cen­tre - the vast ma­jor­ity have come through them.

“The char­ity has a very high suc­cess-rate, all of them have sur­vived again this year. All of last year’s Au­tumn hoglets sur­vived.

“The or­gan­i­sa­tion be­gan late in 1993, and hasn’t just been a hedgehog res­cue, but has done many other things.”

The or­gan­i­sa­tion also started the coun­try’s first ‘Chip­munk Res­cue’ ser­vice, over 20 years ago.

This part of the char­ity, called Chloe’s Chip­munk Corner, adopts pet chip­munks and fos­ters them.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion also cre­ates items for poorly chil­dren, such as colour­ing-in posters and books, which they send to hos­pi­tals.

They are look­ing for gen­er­ous do­na­tions so that they can cre­ate other items, such as gift-wrapped presents, to send to the young­sters.

For more in­for­ma­tion, or to help or to do­nate, visit Hog­a­rth’s Wildlife Res­cue on Face­book. https://www. face­­a­rth­sWildlife-Res­cue109748155714580/

The res­cued hedge­hogs

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