N-east appeal to help hedgehogs this Christmas

Hedgehogs need help this winter
Hedgehogs need help this winter

Members of the public across Aberdeenshire are being asked to pick up the phone if they spot a hedgehog this winter.

The Scottish SPCA are urging anyone who finds a hedgehog to call its animal helpline.

Staff at the charity’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre at Fishcross, near Alloa, are currently looking after 88 hedgehogs.

Assistant Centre Manager, Colin Liddell said: “Hedgehogs should be hibernating by now but there will be some out there who won’t survive without help.

“Most of the hedgehogs in our care haven’t been able to store up the necessary body fat to go into hibernation or are from late litters.

“Many of them have arrived in our care weighing between 300g and 400g, almost half their ideal weight.

“We would be particularly concerned if a hedgehog is out during the day and would urge anyone who finds one to call us.”

If anyone finds a hedgehog they should pick it up using gardening gloves or a thick towel and place it in a secure box. They can be left with fresh water and tinned cat food, until the charity arrive.

Anyone who finds a hedgehog should call the helpline on 03000 999 999.