RSPCA flooded with hedgehogs needing help

The RSPCA say they've had a record breaking flood of hedgehogs coming into specialist centres.

There are more than 220 currently being cared for at the East Winch Wildlife Centre in Norfolk alone- in fact the hedgehog hospital has cared for almost 900 patients this year.

The charity says admissions are already at a five year high- even before the hibernation period begins

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It's going to be a difficult year for hedgehogs. As we head towards the hibernation period, we're seeing a surge in hedgehogs being brought to our centres by concerned members of the public and the RSPCA's own officers. We could be in for a record-breaking year.

RSPCA Scientific Officer Evie Button
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Nationally new data from the RSPCA reveals that admissions of hedgehogs into the animal charity's specialist wildlife centres are up by 22% already this year. Up until the end of this October, more than 2000 hedgehogs (2123) were admitted, compared with 1739 for the same period in 2018.