Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary is busy taking care of their recently saved hoglets.
There were four of them, and they were in rough shape. The baby hedgehogs were living in a garden in the small town of Yarm in North Yorkshire, England. A garden doesn’t sound like a terrible place for a baby hedgehog to be, but their nest was not the safe space you would imagine.
According to Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary’s founder Alexandra Farmer, there “wasn’t a scrap of natural material in their nest.” The nest was made of bits of littered garbage bags, and the plastic was affecting the babies with two of them tangled up tightly within it.
Luckily, they were discovered in the garden and the Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary was soon on its way. The first two hoglets were taken more easily into the sanctuary’s care; to access the next two hoglets, the sanctuary volunteer had to work hard to release them from the plastic that bound them.
The mother hedgehog was nowhere to be found. Farmer said that since the hedgehogs were big enough, the mother would have left them so they could start taking care of themselves on their own.
But with a nest comprised of plastic, especially for the two tangled hedgehogs, the normal schedule of growing up was disrupted.
Now, the infant hedgehogs are in good hands. The sanctuary is taking care of all four of the sibling hoglets. They will remain at the sanctuary until the point at which they are deemed healthy enough for their release.
While this story reminds us to be grateful for the world’s rescue agencies giving animals in trouble a new lease on life, it also reminds us to be very careful about littering. We should do what we can to pick up litter and make sure the only nests new baby hedgehogs are born in are the safe and natural kind.
Article source: BBC News
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