Daylight hedgehogs are in need of help

One of the hedgehogs recently released back into the wild by Caddington hedgehogs, of Old Leake. NA

One of the hedgehogs recently released back into the wild by Caddington hedgehogs, of Old Leake. NA

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OLD Leake’s Caddington Hedgehog rescue centre is urging people to be on the lookout for distressed hogs out in daylight hours.

Centre manager Angela Smith said the animals should be hibernating at this time of the year: “The public are more likely to see a hedgehog out during the day in the next couple of weeks than at any other time of the year,” she said. “It is these ones that desperately require help.

“A hog out during the day will die if it does not reach the required 600gm weight for a juvenile hog, more if it is an adult, and we are missing opportunities to save little lives.”

Angela said that many will be suffering from lungworm, which can be fatal if left untreated.

Offering advice for anyone finding a distressed hedghehog, Angela said: “Any hog out during the day should be caught, placed in a high-sided container, such as a bucket or plastic storage box, dropping an old tea towel on top of the hog to keep it quiet, given water and chicken cat food/dog food or mealworms before finding appropriate help with an experienced carer.”

For more information or to arrange an appointment to bring rescued hedgehogs to the centre, call Angela on 01205 872135.