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Wildlife Rescue Centre saved thanks to donations

Oak and Furrows is dealing with particularly high numbers of hedgehogs. Credit: ITV West Country

A wildlife rescue centre in Wiltshire has been saved from closure after the public raised £50,000 in three months.

Oak and Furrows near Cricklade says it's the busiest it's ever been, with particularly high numbers of hedgehogs.

One benefactor donated £10,000 anonymously.

As the Wildlife Centre appeal to raise £50,000 has drawn to a close, we have the absolute delight of confirming that through the kindness and support of our local community and beyond, we have successfully raised the funds needed to keep the centre operating into 2018. We could not have achieved this feat without the unfaltering generosity of our supporters.

– Oak and Furrows Wildlife Centre



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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