An animal rescue centre, which cares for sick and dying hedgehogs, is urging locals to get in touch if they see any of the prickly creatures out during the day.
Happyhogs Hedgehog Rescue in Solihull currently looks after 18 hedgehogs, including six tiny baby ‘hoglets’, which were all discovered in varying degrees of health in gardens across the borough.
But after several hedgehogs were brought to the centre in such a state they were sadly beyond all help, Happyhogs founder Sally Marjoram is warning residents to report any sighting of the animals during the day immediately as it most likely means they are sick or dying.
“I’m so desperate to get the right advice out there to people,” said Sally, from Solihull.
“We are having a lot of hogs come in that are dying because people are just not getting them help soon enough.
“If a hog is out in the day then it is very probably seriously ill even if it looks okay. People need to phone immediately so that we can provide urgent fluids and medication.
“Some people are calling me when the hog has been in their garden for days on end and it’s only when magpies or crows start attacking it that they realise it needs help.” But she also advised that hedgehogs should never be moved at night unless they are in imminent danger.
“One man moved a hog the other day that could have just been left. He had the intention of releasing it the following day into the countryside but overnight it gave birth. The mum was so stressed that she rejected the babies and so now I am hand rearing them. It’s really hard work and I have to feed all five every hour at the moment.”
If you have noticed a hedgehog out during the day, call the Rescue Centre on 07984 716868. For more information visit www.happyhogsrescue.org.uk