Could you help a Norfolk wildlife hospital keep baby hedgehogs warm this winter?

Wildlife assistant Jo Brooks with a poorly hedgehog at the East Winch RSPCA Centre. Picture: Ian Bur

Wildlife assistant Jo Brooks with a poorly hedgehog at the East Winch RSPCA Centre. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Staff and volunteers at the RSPCA's Norfolk wildlife hospital are caring for more than 70 hoglets.

Centre manager Alison Charles said all were beneath the 300g body weight they would need to be able to hibernate and survive the winter.

Ms Charles said many of the creatures had suffered dehydration during last week's heat spell. Some arrived riddled with maggots, after flies had lain their eggs on them, and needed their tiny spines to be carefully cleaned.

Staff are appealing for face flannels, which are the ideal size to tuck hedgehogs up to keep them cosy.

They are also requesting unwanted towels to help care for the 23 common seal pups currently being looked after at East Winch.

Donations can be left in the yellow bins at the entrance to the site, off Station Road. Collections are also being taken by Tesco stores at Hardwick, Gaywood and Downham Market.

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