A rescue charity in Solihull which has been inundated with baby hedgehogs is urging people who’d like to donate to the cause to get in touch.
Sally Marjoram runs the Happyhogs Rescue Centre from her own back garden in Elmdon and is currently hand-rearing ten hoglets and a couple of adults.
With the prickly mammals needing up to 64 feeds a day, Sally says it’s a struggle to pay for the food, special milk and vet bills that are needed and is appealing for donations.
“This is the breeding season so it’s very busy, there are lots of baby hedgehogs brought to us whose mum has died,” said Sally. “I had five hoglets brought to me who were found suckling their mum, but she was already dead.
“I have room for up to 30 animals, but obviously if just a few are poorly that’s a lot more time consuming than healthy hedgehogs.”
Also brought in recently was Drizzle, who got his leg caught in a mouse trap and had to have a couple of toes removed by the vet.
A second breeding season will arrive in September/October time and Sally, who is expecting her second child, is also keen to recruit some reliable foster carers, who can take care of some of the creatures waiting to be released into the wild.
“That would be a big help, but it’s important people don’t get in touch because they’d like a cute hedgehog they can give lots of cuddles to.
“It’s about helping to look after them before they’re released.”
If you can help, call Sally on 07984 716868 or visit the website at www.happyhogsrescue.org.uk/