A Hedgehog rescue centre in Solihull is caring for a very rare pair of adorable albinos after their mother was tragically run over.
The brother and sister were brought into Happyhogs Hedgehog Rescue, along with their typical brown sister, after the babies were seen out in the day – a sure sign that something is wrong.
After arriving very dehydrated, underweight and weak, all three are now back on the road to recovery, thanks to the dedicated care of Happyhogs owner Sally Marjoram.
“Albino hogs are very rare and while we are really privileged to have them here, we’d much prefer it if they were still with their mum,” said Sally, “Sadly she was run over.”
The baby hogs will stay at the centre until they hit a healthy weight of 500g, more than double their current of 200g, when they will be released back to where they came from.
Happyhogs was founded last year in the Solihull mum’s back garden to care for sick and dying hedgehogs around the borough. And the centre is finding more and more demand for its services.
“We are busier than ever here at Happyhogs, last year the most we had was 18 at any one time, this weekend we peaked at 46 hogs. It’s looking like we are going to need to expand so are in the process of looking for somewhere suitable to build another rescue centre on. We’re going through over a 100 tins of cat food a week and the cost of medicating them all is soaring so we’re trying to do lots of fundraising.
“I’ve also been hand rearing 27 babies so it’s tough finding time.
“With so many hogs and babies that need cleaning daily we need more people who are free at least one morning a week from 8am to come and help. It’s messy, stinky work but we desperately need reliable people.”
To volunteer call Sally on 07984 716868 or visit www.happyhogsrescue.org.uk