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Hedgehog rescued after thug set fire to it

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A hedgehog has been rescued after a thug allegedly set fire to it yesterday (Sunday 21st June). The nocturnal creature is now under the care of Karen Lord from Workington.

Karen said: "This little one was brought to me last night.. how could anyone do this?“

Wildlife lovers Steph Bramley and MacKenzie Leder rescued the burnt Hedgehog from its horrific experience in Cleator Moor.

MacKenzie said: "The poor thing is still alive and is now safe, but in a lot of pain and covered in burns."

A spokesperson from Cumbria Police said: "Wildlife crime is taken seriously by Cumbria Constabulary and the matter is being investigated as a potential offence under the Wild Mammal Protection Act 1996.  

"Wildlife crime is any activity that goes against legislation protecting the UK's wild animals and plants. It can cause pain and suffering to animals, push species closer to extinction and can be linked to other serious crimes like firearms offences and organised crime."

Sgt David Macdonald of Copeland Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “This is an appalling crime which is currently being investigated by officers.

"I would encourage anyone with any information in regard to this to come forward and help us bring the offender to justice.”

Please contact Cumbria Constabulary on 101 quoting incident CP-20200622-0093.

Did You Know? 

Hedgehogs were once called Sea Urchins.
Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant. 
Hedgehogs have 6000 spikes.
Hedgehogs can travel 2 miles for food. 
Hedgehogs use their nose to forage. 
Hedgehogs have really poor eyesight.

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