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RSPCA flooded with hedgehogs needing help

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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.

While it's impossible to know exactly why we are seeing so many more hedgehogs this year, some potential causes could be if they're having trouble finding food this year, changes in weather that affected the timing of the breeding season, or even that people are more aware and concerned about hedgehogs so are reporting them to us more often.

– 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.