Hedgehog winter help

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The Scottish SPCA is urging members of the public to call its animal helpline if they find a hedgehog this winter.

SSPCA centre manager, Colin Seddon, 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 have either been caught out by the long wet spell of weather and haven’t been able to store up the necessary body fat to go into hibernation or are from late litters, which is common.”

If you spot a hedgehog out during the day the SPCA are urging the public to call them.

Rehabilitated hedgehogs will be released once they achieve a weight of over 600g and when the weather warms up to a consistent night time temperature of over four degrees centigrade.

Anyone who finds a hedgehog this winter is urged to call the SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.