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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.

Big rise in animals needing help in Somerset

An animal rescue centre near Bridgwater has said it has been inundated by new residents, who have struggled to survive during the recent hot weather.

More than 270 animals have been taken to Secret World in difficulties from the heat and lack of rain and included whole litters of baby hedgehogs, whose mothers had not been able to find food.

Ruth Wishart reports:

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The badger cub that survived against the odds

Aspen was found on a road in Devon, cuddled up to his dead mother and siblings Credit: Secret World

Aspen is one of seven orphaned badger cubs being cared for at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre at Highbridge in Somerset.

He is about eight weeks old and was brought in yesterday after being spotted lying beside his dead mother and siblings on a road in Devon.

Another cub was brought in last night - she was found on her own in the road in Cheddar. You can watch the young badgers playing on the charity's webcam.

They generate an awful lot of washing and the Centre is struggling to keep up. You can find out more about its work here.

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