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West Norfolk 'Hedgehog Hotel' admission numbers revealed

Latest figures show a West Norfolk centre has cared for nearly 900 hedgehogs this year.

The RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre, named the 'Hedgehog Hotel' by staff, admitted more than 80 hedgehogs in one week alone.

Many of these hedgehogs arrive thanks to members of the public bringing them into the centre for help.

One of the many hedgehogs cared for at the RSPCA East Winch wildlife centre (21644650)
One of the many hedgehogs cared for at the RSPCA East Winch wildlife centre (21644650)

Staff say the hedgehogs are usually "cold, underweight, wobbly, dehydrated, collapsed and hungry" when they first arrive at the centre.

And the last count showed there were 224 hedgehogs being cared for at the Gayton Road site.

Sue Levings, centre administrator, said hedgehogs are the main animal being admitted at East Winch.

'Hog boxes' at the RSPCA East Winch wildlife centre
'Hog boxes' at the RSPCA East Winch wildlife centre

She added: "We want to make sure we do the very best for the hedgehogs that come into our care and get them fit and healthy enough to return back to the wild where they belong - we like to return them to where they were rescued and the members of the public are usually delighted to have their prickly friends back.

"We are always grateful to the public who show so much care and kindness to our wildlife.”

On arrival a hedgehog will be checked, weighed, given warmth either by a heat mat or a snuggle safe, food, antibiotics and fluids if dehydrated.

As the hedgehogs put on weight they move from the 'hedgehog hotel' into individual holding bays and then finally into outside hedgehog huts.

Around 23,000 hedgehogs have been cared at the centre in total since 1992.

Anyone wishing to support East Winch with their care of the hedgehogs can do so by either, making a donation, or by purchasing some of the items needed from their Amazon wishlist.

The delivery address is: RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre, Gayton Road, East Winch, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 1LG.

To report concerns about an animal contact the RSPCA’s Hotline on 0300 1234 999.

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