What may first seem like a cute hedgehog wandering around the University of Malta’s campus might in fact be a worrying sign of recent reports of hedgehog poising.
A video was uploaded last week by the University lecturer Edward Duca in which a hedgehog can be seen roaming on University grounds.
“We found this hedgehog right outside the University ring road,” Duca told Lovin Malta.
“While videoing it and moving it to safer ground—using a tote bag not to touch it directly—Simone realised that the hedgehog was too thin, wasn’t walking properly and had white foam coming out of its nose.”
After noticing that the hedgehog was suffering in some way, Duca contacted Nature Trust Malta who shockingly revealed that they had received many reports of hedgehog poisoning because of rat poison being left around.
“Sadly, they have received many reports of poisoned hedgehogs around University lately. There are many young hedgehogs this time of year, and because people leave rat poison lying about, many hedgehogs are dying.”
Thankfully, the hedgehog was picked up by Nature Trust and, after a few days of care, the cute little thing started to perk up.
“If you spot a hedgehog that requires help please phone Nature Trust Wildlife Rescue Team and help these beautiful animals. We also really believe that without investing in research and the environment we won’t be able to understand nature and how best to protect it for future generations.”
If you come across snakes, skinks, shrews, weasels, bats, sea turtles, dolphins, chameleons, hedgehogs and frog in need please contact Nature Trust on 99999505.