Abandoned hedgehog left in prickly situation gets new home

Abandoned hedgehog left in prickly situation gets new home

A new resident at a college in Suffolk is feeling sharp after being rehomed thanks to an ongoing project with several independent wildlife champions.

Bramble is an African pygmy hedgehog who was left in a prickly position after being abandoned.

The orphan was found in a local garden and Suffolk Rural (formerly Otley College) was approached to take on care duties of the six month old female.

The college likes living on the hedge so jumped at the chance to look after the youngster.

College representatives have a number of links with local charities and rescue homes and has a selective rescue project with several organisations that has also seen the arrival of a scorpion, a hamster, some chinchillas and four cockatiels to the animal unit at the campus based eight miles outside of Ipswich.

Jen Dow is the Animal Unit Technician Team Leader at the college. She said: “We recently welcomed Bramble to the college and we are delighted to have her. She is nocturnal so this will teach our students about different animal sleeping patterns. Her diet is also unlike her European hedgehog counterparts so our learners will also be able to learn about this. We have decided to work with local organisations to help rehome animals, all with the aim of giving our learners as much knowledge as we possibly can.”

Miss Dow continued, “Whilst we have welcomed some animals, we are also thrilled to have welcomed back students – both new and old – to our new safe COVID secure working environment. It’s given the unit its purpose back and the animals appreciate the extra attention they receive.”

Future plans in the department include the continuation of an ongoing partnership with Jimmy’s Farm in relation to work experience opportunities for students and the rehoming of animals.

And a link up with Poppy’s Creche in Stowmarket will see more hedgehogs take up residence at Suffolk Rural later in the year.