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A wildlife cen­tre is look­ing for do­na­tions of pet food to help care for hedge­hogs.

The Scot­tish SPCA is ap­peal­ing to an­i­mal lovers to do­nate tinned and sa­chet cat and dog food for its Na­tional Wildlife Cen­tre in Fishcross.

Cen­tre man­ager Colin Sed­don said, “We’re con­stantly car­ing for a large num­ber of hedge­hogs but this num­ber rises over the win­ter months.We cur­rently have over 150 in our care, most of which will be stay­ing with us un­til the new year and be­cause of this, we are strug­gling to keep up with the de­mand for cat and dog food.

“The ma­jor­ity of the hedge­hogs are late lit­ter young­sters that have not yet stored enough body fat to sur­vive hi­ber­na­tion and are of­ten found out dur­ing the day look­ing for food, which is alarm­ing as hedge­hogs are noc­tur­nal.

“In 2017 Fishcross cared for 1,470 hedge­hogs which came in as a re­sult of strim­mer in­juries, or­phans, dog at­tacks, late lit­ter ju­ve­niles and more.”

Tinned or sa­chet cat or dog food can be handed into the cen­tre or the near­est Scot­tish SPCA An­i­mal Res­cue and Re­hom­ing Cen­tre be­tween 10am and 4pm, ex­cept on a Tues­day.

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