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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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Pair of endangered Amur leopard cubs born at Colchester Zoo

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 Keepers at Colchester Zoo are hailing the arrival of a pair of critically endangered Amur leopard cubs.

The cubs were born to first-time parents Esra and Crispin on the 9 September. This is the first time the Zoo has bred Amur leopard cubs on-site.

Amur leopards originate from the Russian Far East and north-east China. In the wild they are threatened by climate change, habitat loss, deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade.

The cubs are said to be “looking well” and are expected to emerge from their den in a few weeks.  

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RCVS names Professor John Innes as chair of Fellowship Board

Professor John Innes has been elected chair of the 2019 RCVS Fellowship Board, replacing Professor Nick Bacon who comes to the end of his three-year term.


Professor Innes will be responsible for making sure the Fellowship progresses towards fulfilling its strategic goals, determining its ongoing strategy and objectives, and reporting to the RCVS Advancement of the Professions Committee on developments within the Fellowship.