The SSPCA is appealing for help to feed hungry hoglets as the National Wildlife Rescue Centre currently has nearly 100 in its care.

Hedgehogs give birth twice over the warmer months meaning the recent changes in weather have led to that period going on longer.

Many of the tiny hoglets need to be hand-fed every three to four hours and the animal charity needs help from wildlife lovers to rehabilitate them.

Currently the SSPCA is caring for between 80 and 90 hoglets and needs donations of Royal Canin Starter Mousse, which provides essential nutrition for the young hedgehogs.

The charity needs donations to help feed the young hedgehogs

The charity is also urging people to be careful when tidying their gardens as some hedgehogs have been injured by garden equipment.

April Sorley, assistant manager at the National Wildlife Rescue Centre, said: “Generally hedgehogs produce young twice a year but we are seeing this go on longer due to the changes in weather.

“Many of these little hoglets need to be hand-reared so will need to be fed every three to four hours.

“Most of the hoglets will stay with us for around two months until they have grown and gained weight. Then they should be ready to be returned to the wild where they belong.

“The Royal Canin Starter Mousse is great for the wee hogs and it keeps their tummies full and gives them the nutrients they need to grow nice and strong.

There are currently 80-90 hoglets at the rescue centre

“At this time of year we are urging people to take extra care when tidying up their gardens. Many hedgehogs come to us injured by garden equipment or a nest of hoglets can be uncovered.

“If anyone does accidentally injure a hedgehog, or find a hoglet, then they should contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999 for advice.”

Donations can be handed in to the centre located at Fishcross, FK10 3AN.

People can also donate through the Amazon wishlist https://amzn.to/3aU5Cat or any other retailer offering delivery.

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