Newborn hedgehog in care of wildlife rescue centre

The Scottish SPCA is currently caring for a tiny newborn hedgehog who was born at their National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross on Tuesday.

PigletWe have named the adorable little hoglet Piglet. He will be released back into the wild in around two months’ time.

Centre Manager Colin Seddon said, “Piglet was born in our care after his mum was admitted although we soon made the decision to hand rear him as she ate the rest of her young, which is not uncommon with hedgehogs.

“He’s currently being hand reared by Wildlife Assistant April Sorley and has to be given milk every 3-4 hours.”

At this time of year we are urging people to take extra care when tidying up their garden following a number of hedgehogs arriving with fatal lacerations caused by a strimmer.

These sorts of accidents are very preventable and it will only take just a few moments for the public to check their gardens before getting out the lawnmower, strimmer or hedge-trimmer. It could save an animal’s life.

Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

Scottish SPCA Wildlife Assistant with deer fawns

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