Plenty of thorns in their sides ...

THE Ark Wildlife Hospital is currently dealing with some decidedly prickly customers – a litter of six orphaned hedgehogs found in the garden of a vacant property on Eaglestone.

The rescued babies are currently being hand reared and will now spend the winter months with a fosterer.

6 Orphan hedgehogs approx 11 days old being looked sfter by Margaret Burke of The Ark Wildlife Hospital

6 Orphan hedgehogs approx 11 days old being looked sfter by Margaret Burke of The Ark Wildlife Hospital

Baby hedgehogs will now struggle to reach the correct weight in time for their winter hibernation and Ark is urging people to check their gardens for babies, and in advance of any bonfire night celebrations.

If you come across any of the spiky creatures and need advice visit www.arkwildlifehospital.co.uk or call 07702 342415.