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Northumberland charity's hedgehog appeal

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Media captionThe Northumbrian Hedgehog Rescue Trust has taken in 93 animals so far this winter

The risk of snow and plunging temperatures has prompted a Northumberland charity to appeal for people to help hedgehogs.

According to the Met Office, this winter has been one of the mildest on record, meaning hedgehogs have been fooled into not hibernating.

But as the cold weather sets in, the mammals may be in danger as they are missing the body fat needed to survive.

The Northumbrian Hedgehog Rescue Trust has taken in 93 animals this winter.

The Longframlington-based charity provides them with a safe place to stay, food and a warm bed.

It expects the number of hedgehogs needing help to rise over the next few weeks.

Carol Catchpole, founder of the trust, said: "If you see what looks like a very small hedgehog, the best thing to do is bring it in, weigh it on some scales and if it is less than 500 grams it needs help, they shouldn't be left outside."

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