Rare albino hedgehog discovered by RSPCA in Wrexham garden

Their unusual colouring means albino hedgehogs have little chance of survival in the wild

Heather Saul
Monday 01 December 2014 16:52 GMT
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A rare albino hedgehog has been discovered in a garden in Wrexham by the RSPCA.

A concerned member of the public spotted the creature and called the animal charity on Monday.

Their unusual colouring, caused by a rare genetic disorder, means albino hedgehogs have little chance of survival in the wild as their coats often prove attractive to predators.

RSPCA inspector Tim Jones, who collected the hedgehog, said: “The hedgehog was slightly underweight and was found out in the daytime.

“This is the second albino hedgehog I have collected this year as I also picked one up at the end of the summer in the Wrexham area, which is quite unusual.”

The creature has now been taken to RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange wildlife centre where they are caring for the prickly visitor until it is ready to be re-released.

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