This hedgehog was rescued just moments from starving to death, curled up into a ball to protect itself from the cold. However, it is just one of the few lucky ones. As a whole, hedgehog numbers are falling fast in Britain, as colder weather sets in and a lack of food kills more of their young. In the 1950s, there were about 30 million hedgehogs in Britain, but their population may have fallen to just a million today, according to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, with thousands dying within weeks of their birth.
As winter approaches, hedgehogs give birth to a litter of babies, who leave their mothers when they are about seven weeks old. However, many youngsters do not survive on their own, as they struggle to find food. The hedgehogs’ traditional feeding grounds have been fragmented by more fences in the country’s gardens, making it difficult for them to stockpile enough food to hibernate through the winter.
The British Hedgehog Preservation Society has asked the public to make it easier for hedgehogs to find food by making gaps in their garden fences that are large enough for a hedgehog to pass through. Additionally, anyone who finds a hedgehog is asked to pick it up, keep it warm and contact an animal rescue group. Annette Pyrah, of Selby Wildlife Rescue, said:
Hedgehogs seen out in daylight are often cold, hungry, ill or a combination of all three. Poorly hedgehogs do not have the luxury of time and go downhill very rapidly. They need help quickly if they are to be saved.
In her shelter, Ms. Pyrah expects to tend for 40 baby hedgehogs this winter. She will help keep them warm, provide veterinary care and feed the hoglets a nutritious diet, before releasing them in spring. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Wildlife experts have called on the public to help save hedgehogs this Winter, when thousands of the spiky creatures will struggle to cope with a lack of food and freezing cold temperatures.
2. There were 30million hedgehogs in the wild in the 1950s, but there are just a million left now, the British Hedgehog Preservation Society has said.
3. Hoglets are often seen wandering around in broad daylight as they search for food.
And here is the video:
And this one is a bonus:
Source: The Mail Online.
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