RSPCA rescues more hedgehogs in Wiltshire than any other species

RSPCA rescues more hedgehogs in Wiltshire than any other species

Published at 9:00am 10th May 2020.

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The animal welfare charity's released the figures during Hedgehog Awareness Week.

Their officers also say they're bracing themselves for an increase in calls to help sick, injured or orphaned wild animals as the breeding season gets underway.

The RSPCA dealt with a total of 1,379 wildlife incidents across Wiltshire during 2019, with 86 of them about hedgehogs. 

The most common reasons for calls concerned about the animals are because they are orphaned, underweight, injured or poorly.

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The RSPCA is expecting to see a big increase in calls about hedgehogs in the coming weeks

Traditionally, April is a busy time for the RSPCA, as they start to see more hedgehogs coming into the charity, as they leave hibernation in search of food.

This year, despite the coronavirus lockdown, there's a reminder that the charity's welfare officers are still working, as they're designated key workers.

RSPCA scientific officer Evie Button said: 

"Regardless of coronavirus, wild animals still need rescuing by the RSPCA and breeding season is the start of a really busy time for us.

"We'll have lots of calls about baby birds, orphaned fox cubs and hedgehogs which have come out of hibernation and need help to build up their body weight.

"It's Hedgehog Awareness Week which is very appropriate as these much-loved prickly creatures are the most frequent visitor to our wildlife centres."

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The RSPCA are still working hard to protect animals during the Covid-19 lockdown

EMERGENCY APPEAL LAUNCHED

The charity's facing difficulties in keeping the funding coming in as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. 

They're set up an emergency appeal to keep their animal hospitals open with round the clock care for wildlife.

If you can help the charity, you can find out more about their work during the coronavirus outbreak on the RSPCA website.

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