Baby hedgehogs fostered back to health

Meet the three spiky orphans ready now to venture back into the big glad world


Glad they had some vacancies.

Nice grub here!


Hope I'm not putting on too much weight!


I'll recommend this place to my friends.

As village parents wave goodbye to offspring leaving home for university, other youngsters are also heading off into the great unknown. 

Spike, Milligan and Hissing Sid have all graduated from their foster home with Helen Bagnall and are heading back into the wild this week.  All three were found too young to leave their mothers and were handed in to H.A.P.P.Y. – the Ripon hedgehog rescue. 

Spike and Milligan lost their mother to strimmer injuries and Hissing Sid’s mother just disappeared, perhaps killed on the road, perhaps having eaten slug pellets – but either way he’s fierce – his name is well deserved! 

The youngsters are now three times the weight they were when they arrived with Helen and stand a good chance of survival in the wild. They will be returned from where they were found – so look out for Hissing Sid on Ripon Golf Course. 

Hedgehog populations have halved since the year 2000 so they need all the help they can get. If you would like to support H.A.P.P.Y. you can find them on Facebook or drop some food in at the collection point at Bondgate Pet Shop. If you find a hedgehog out in the day time please ring H.A.P.P.Y. on 07506186567. Closer to home you can make sure hedgehogs can get in and out of your garden by providing a 13cm hole, then they can get fat eating all the wriggly things you don’t want – its a win/win situation.