Orphaned hedgehogs warning given by SSPCA
The Scottish SPCA is urging people to take extra care when tidying up their gardens following an influx of baby hedgehogs becoming separated from their mums.
Scotland's animal welfare charity fears the increase in orphaned hoglets may be partly due to their mothers sustaining gardening-related injuries and deaths.
The warning comes after an adult hedgehog was brought into the charity's care last week with fatal lacerations caused by a strimmer.
The charity is currently caring for more than 40 hedgehogs, many of them youngsters, at its Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fife.
Centre manager Colin Seddon said, "Many of our hogs are youngsters who have been found out during the day and struggling to survive on their own.
"Normally hedgehogs would be doing very well at this time of year so it's unusual to get so many poorly ones coming in."
He also said that garden tool related accidents were "very preventable" if people took the time to check their gardens.