Prickly friends need help

PUBLISHED: 15:39 14 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:47 10 June 2010

hedgehog-lovers are being called on to help feed and house our prickly friends now the evenings are getting colder. The British Hedgehog Society is urging the public to look out for small hedgehogs that might be visiting their gardens. These hedgehogs, kn

hedgehog-lovers are being called on to help feed and house our prickly friends now the evenings are getting colder.The British Hedgehog Society is urging the public to look out for small hedgehogs that might be visiting their gardens.These hedgehogs, known as 'autumn juveniles', are big enough to be away from their mothers but too small to survive hibernation.A spokesman said: "If these hedgehogs do not put on weight, they will probably die. Putting out meat-based dog or cat food can be a lifesaver. Water can be provided but not milk as this can cause stomach upsets."If they are found during the day, 'wobbly', the chances are they are suffering from the cold.He added: "Place them in a high-sided cardboard box on a well-wrapped hot water bottle. Put a towel on the hedgehog to keep the heat in.

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