10:19am Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
LOCAL residents are urged to be aware of hibernating hedgehogs before lighting bonfires.
Beryl Steadman of Pembrokeshire Hogspital is asking people to look out for animals before setting light to their fires, and to only light one side to give any inhabitants a chance of escape.
Beryl said: “This is the time of year when hedgehogs are thinking of hibernating but there are also a lot of small ones around who have been born late.
“These little ones have no chance of surviving the winter. Any hedgehog out in the day is almost certainly ill and any weighing under 650g or 1 1/2 lbs need to be picked up without delay.”
Hedgehogs should be put in a high sided box with screwed up newspaper or hay, and brought indoors to keep warm.
They can be fed dog or cat food and given a dish of water while the Pembrokeshire Hogspital is called, 01437 779461.
Beryl added: “Little Marjorie was found in Llanfyrnach last week. She is far too small to survive the winter but she is now warm and cosy in Pembrokeshire Hogspital along with 50 friends.”