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Shepreth: 'Never had so many pregnant rescue hedgehogs' Published1 day ago

2022-6-10 12:45| 发布者: hujian| 查看: 8| 评论: 0

摘要: Wilma the hedgehog was rescued after getting stuck in a hole - and then gave birth to seven hogletsAn "unprecedented" 27 baby hoglets have been born in one week to rescued pregnant hedgehogs, a charit ...


Wilma the hedgehog was rescued after getting stuck in a hole - and then gave birth to seven hoglets

An "unprecedented" 27 baby hoglets have been born in one week to rescued pregnant hedgehogs, a charity has said.

The unexpected youngsters were born at Shepreth Wildlife Park's specialist hedgehog hospital in Cambridgeshire.

Park director Rebecca Willers said in its 10 years, the hospital had "never had so many pregnant rescue hedgehogs".

The babies were born to six mothers and the new families are being looked after by staff acting as fosterers until they can be released into the wild.

All six mothers were brought in from the local area because they were sickly, or injured - one had fallen into a hole dug for a fence post, and another had fallen down a well.

Mother hedgehog with babiesIMAGE SOURCE,SHEPRETH HEDGEHOG HOSPITAL
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The tiny babies and mothers are being looked after by staff members

Staff at the specialist hospital were surprised when they all gave birth within days of each other.

Ms Willers said: "I kept getting calls over the radio saying, 'and we've another one - and another one'."

The mothers - named Florence, Wilma, Holly, Flo-Jo, Rona and Evangeline - and their hoglets, are all doing well.

"In the 10 years we have been operating the hospital, we have never had multiple births from rescued and injured females coming in to us - it is unprecedented," Ms Willers said.

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"But it's marvellous for the hospital - we had six hedgehogs come in, and we'll be releasing 33."

Mother hedgehog with babiesIMAGE SOURCE,SHEPRETH HEDGEHOG HOSPITAL
Image caption,
The hospital said it occasionally gets a pregnant hedgehog to look after - but never six at the same time

The hoglets and their mothers will be released once the babies have been weaned.


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