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Damaged animal rescue centre closed due to ‘safety concerns’ after Storm Katie

Credit: Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Strong winds and heavy rain has caused structural damage to Secret World in East Huntspill and the threat of further bad weather has forced the centre to cancel their events this Bank Holiday Monday.

They fear the high winds and blustery showers could be a 'safety risk'.

A spokesperson for the rescue centre say they're extremely disappointed to have to close.

We have suffered damage to the site including buildings, and the parking field is flooded. The continuing threat of high winds and heavy rain today means that to open to the public would potentially be a safety risk.

We have taken this decision with heavy hearts.

– Secret world spokesperson
Credit: Secret World Wildlife Rescue
Credit: Secret World Wildlife Rescue

This will not only be a great financial loss for Secret World, as we depend on our Easter weekend as an important fundraiser, but we will miss the opportunity to welcome so many of you on site to meet the animals and people of Secret World.

This is very sad for us but it is the right decision given the extreme weather situation. Thank you for your support and understanding.

– Secret world spokesperson



A prickly problem for Secret World

This little orphaned hedgehog is one of a thousand animals taken to Secret World in the past month Credit: ITV News

A wildlife rescue centre in Somerset is having a record-breaking summer - though not in a good way.

The orphaned baby hedgehog shown is among a thousand animals brought into Secret World in the past month.

Staff and volunteers are being kept busy keeping them all fed and cleaned.

We're always busy at this time of year but this month has been a record.

Over the same period last year we probably had about 700 or 800 so it really is quite a significant increase.

Last week we had the busiest day that any of us can remember, with 80 wildlife casualties through the door.

– Nicola Round, Secret World

These three hedgehogs are just a few days old and are all from the same litter. They had been born under a piece of tarpaulin. The mother moved two others but these three were abandoned.

They are being cared for at Secret World and will will be returned to the wild when they are big enough and able to fend for themselves.

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