Two hedgehogs have been given a new home after a winter spent in an animal hospital, following their rescue by a Sanctuary Housing resident in Minchinhampton.
To mark Hedgehog Awareness Week, the female duo have been released into the gardens at Sanctuary-owned housing scheme Cecily Court, after receiving extra care during a harsh winter which saw them become dangerously underweight.
Wildlife enthusiast Jane Courtis, a resident at Cecily Court, recovered the two from the scheme garden last November after realising they were too small to survive the colder months.
Stroud hedgehog sanctuary, Help a Hedgehog Hospital, collected the hedgehogs, lovingly named as Hettie and Hattie, and looked after them for the winter before returning them last month.
The prickly pair now have a special hedgehog ‘house’ to provide them with temporary shelter until they become more established back in the wild.
Louise Thomas, Sanctuary’s scheme manager at Cecily Court, said: “Jane and the other residents were delighted to see Hettie and Hattie return safe and well.
“We will now be re-homing two male hedgehogs, rescued from a nearby village, with the hope that they might mate with the females and establish new family groups.”
John Crowther from Help a Hedgehog Hospital added: “It’s thanks to Jane’s swift actions back in November that we have been able to rehabilitate Hettie and Hattie and give them the best chance of survival in the wild.
“The hedgehog population in the UK has undergone a dramatic decline in recent years and they need all the help they can get if they are to survive for future generations to enjoy.”
Hedgehog Awareness Week runs from 6 – 12 May 2018. For more information about helping hedgehogs, please visit http://www.helpahedgehog.org/.