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The Scottish SPCA is currently caring for 150 hedgehogs.
We have had a very busy year so far as they’ve already cared for 100 more hedgehogs than this time last year.
Among those being rehabilitated at our National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross is Babe, a five week old hoglet who was born at the centre, and Zeppelin who arrived into their care after being found inflated, like a balloon!
Centre Manager Colin Seddon said, “Babe was born in our care after her mum was admitted although we soon made the decision to hand rear her as it is common for hedgehogs to eat their young.
“She’s currently being hand reared by wildlife assistant April Sorley and has to be given milk every 3-4 hours.
“We’ll hopefully be able to release Babe into the wild in a couple of months alongside her mother.”
Colin added, “Zeppelin had a circumference of 30 inches when he first arrived at our centre back in July after being discovered in Lanarkshire.
“He has been suffering from balloon syndrome, which causes injured hedgehogs to inflate as air becomes trapped between their organs and skin.
“Zeppelin is on the mend at the moment but we’ve had to put some plastic within his spines to ensure the excess air can escape as the poor guy kept reflating!
“We are hopeful he will make a full recovery in our care and that we will be able to release him back into the wild soon.”
Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.