Hedgehog hospital in Great Chesterford home set up by nine-year-old

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 December 2016

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A nine-year old girl from Great Chesterford is busy saving orphaned hedgehogs this winter and has even gone on a special course run by a vet to learn how to help them.

Robyn Townsend, was seven when she decided that she wanted to save the creatures who had been sniffed out by her family’s and her neighbours dogs and went for some training in veterinary medicine at a vet’s practice in Ely.

She now has several of the spiky creatures being looked after at her home, including the one she is pictured with here called Sir Ranulph Spines.

She said: “We found some in the garden and we wanted to know what to do with them. They are quite cute but a lot of people don’t pay any attention to them. You can’t give them bread or milk, they eat cat or dog food.

“Now that people know that we are looking after them, they bring them to us. We have six at the moment. We keep them in rabbit hutches so they have their own kitchen and bedroom.”

Her mum, Nina said they could tell which ones were orphaned because hedgehogs shouldn’t be out this time of year, they should be hibernating.

The “hedgehog hotel” has now become a family hobby with older sister Nadia, 11, a pupil at the Joyce Frankland Academy in Newport also helping out.

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