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Public urged to look out for hedgehogs seen in daylight
“We frequently get calls from members of the public who have been watching a hedgehog that’s been lay still in their garden for days. By the time we get the call and the person gets the hedgehog to rescue, it’s often too late."

Charity issues plea to rescue struggling hedgehogs 

Hedgehog experts are urging people to watch out for hedgehogs seen in daylight, as they could be in urgent need of rescue.

As hedgehogs are nocturnal, they should not normally be seen in daylight, unless their nest has been disturbed and they are relocating, or if a mother is seeking a break from the nest.

However, experts at the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) said these hedgehogs will move quickly ‘with purpose’. Hedgehogs lying still or struggling to walk need urgent help.

Fay Vass, chief executive at the charity, said: “We frequently get calls from members of the public who have been watching a hedgehog that’s been lay still in their garden for days. By the time we get the call and the person gets the hedgehog to rescue, it’s often too late. 

“Hedgehogs don’t sunbathe! If you see a hedgehog lay still in the open, or with flies round it or if it’s struggling to walk properly, it is in urgent need of rescue.”

BHPS tips if you find a struggling hedgehog:

  • use gardening gloves or an old towel to collect the animal
  • place it inside a high-sided cardboard or plastic box with the towel or an old t-shirt in the bottom for it to hide under
  • bring the box indoors away from flies
  • if the hedgehog isn’t bleeding, provide a warm wrapped hot water bottle, but make sure there is room for the animal to move away if it gets too warm. Also make sure the bottle doesn’t go cold
  • offer meaty cat or dog food and water but don’t force feed it
  • call a local hedgehog rescue centre or the BHPS on 01584 890 801
  • if the hedgehog is a baby, it is likely their siblings will also need help, so check the nearby vicinity.

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Rare chimp birth announced at Edinburgh Zoo

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.