Tuesday, 6 June 2017
NO PRICKLY ISSUE FOR BLONDIE AND BEST PAL SMITH...
Saw this in yesterdays's DAILY EXPRESS, thought you might enjoy seeing it too. (I'm so considerate.) Click to enlarge, then click again for optimum size.
This adorable image shows an ultra-rare blond hedgehog rescued by an animal hospital.
Blond, or leucistic hedgehogs, have a partial loss of pigmentation which results in pale colouration of everything other than the eyes.
This particularly cute example, aptly named Blondie, was brought into Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, late last year after wandering around during the daytime suffering from malnutrition.
Blondie had been born in August and should have weighed 600g but was only a quarter of the size at 165g.
The tiny mammal was rehydrated and given antibiotics by the centre's nurses.
Soon after arriving at Tiggywinkles, Blondie befriended a hog named Smith and has gone from strength to strength and is now fighting fit.
Despite the clean bill of health, Blondie has a weak immune system and will never be released into the wild. The unusual colour would also be an invitation to predators.
Sharon Jacobs, a nurse at Tiggywinkles, said: "Blondie was very underweight when we got him and not at all in a good state.
"Had he been in the wild for much longer there's no way he would have survived.
"Soon after arriving here he made a friend and things started to really look up - his health rapidly improved.
"We separated Blondie and Smith when they reached 400g, as you're supposed to do, but Blondie didn't like that one bit so we put them back together."
By John Ingham.
Posted by Kid at Tuesday, June 06, 2017