He may not have any prickles, but Pumpkin the hedgehog proved he was anything but spineless when he met our reporter today:
A hedgehog has been rescued after being dumped in a dog waste bin in Somerset.
Two ladies heard the hedgehog while they were walking their dogs in Clevedon. They rescued the hedgehog - which has been named Winnie - and took it to the Secret World Wildlife Rescue centre where it is being treated for a laceration head wound.
Hedgehog numbers in the South West are declining by as much as five per cent a year, according to the People's Trust For Endangered Species. The wildlife charity says a decade-long survey shows that numbers are declining dramatically.
It blames the loss of hedgerows and grasslands together with the use of pesticides which reduce the amount of food available to hedgehogs. The trend for tidier gardens is also believed to contribute to a loss of suburban habitats.
The charity, together with the Hedgehog Preservation Society, is appealing for volunteers to take part in the second annual Hedgehog Hibernation Survey. More details here