A pair of rare African pygmy hedgehogs have been found in a park in Harrow and rescued by the RSPCA. The pair of white hedgehogs had been abandoned and left in a cardboard box filled with newspaper and a blanket.
Elanor Davies who is an Animal Collections Officer (ACO) of the RSPCA said:
“The caller had described them as albino hedgehogs but, as they’d been abandoned in a box and weren’t found free roaming like native hedgehogs, I suspected they were African pygmy hedgehogs, which some people are keeping as pets.
When I arrived it quickly became clear that they were African pygmy hedgehogs that had clearly been abandoned by an owner who could no longer care for them or who took them on without properly understanding their complex needs.”
The hedgehogs have been given names, Elvis and Priscilla respectively and are in the safe hands of the RSPCA at Putney where they are looking for a new home.
However, the RSPCA is concerned that the African pygmy hedgehog is one of Britain’s latest pet crazes. “These hedgehogs are wild animals that simply don’t thrive in a domestic environment a press release said. We strongly believe that it’s incredibly difficult to meet the needs of these animals in a home environment and advise anyone thinking of owning one as a pet to think again. “