Plight of prickly residents prompts extra help for hedgehogs
PUBLISHED: 10:06 27 January 2020 | UPDATED: 11:41 27 January 2020
The plight for hundreds of young hedgehogs has prompted a business owner to use a year's worth of customer tips to help a Norfolk animal sanctuary.
More than 450 young hedgehogs too small to hibernate through the winter chill are being given specialist care at the People for Animal Care Trust (PACT) Sanctuary.
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Nursing them through until spring costs the sanctuary, based in Woodrising, near Dereham, about £25,000 a year.
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News of the record number of prickly residents inspired Johnny Wyndham, who runs wedding bar hire company VanVino, to use donate 120 cans of dog food.
He said: "I have a huge fondness of hedgehogs, so this pushed me to go and do something. It is a terrible plight that they face. In the last 10 years the hedgehog population has been decimated. It is a great British animal that if we are not careful is going to be extinct soon.
"Throughout last year we were very kindly given tips by customers, and I decided to put to good use. PACT do such great work especially at this time of year when they get a lot of little underweight hoglets that without their help would be in serious trouble."