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'Giant' hedgehog forced to diet


Rescue centre owner Maureen Webb: "I'm thinking about getting a treadmill for her"

A rescued hedgehog that is four times the size of normal hedgehogs has been put on a diet.

Huff Puff was taken to the Furze Pig Hedgehog Rescue Centre near Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, after she was found shivering under a shed last October.

Maureen Webb, who runs the centre, said she was fed a normal amount of cat food but had been "growing and growing".

Huff Puff tips the scales at 2.04kg (4lb 6oz) while the average female hedgehog weighs about 600g (1.3lb).

Mrs Webb said she had now reduced Huff Puff's food intake.

She said the hedgehog, which weighs the same as a small cat, was named after its "stroppy nature".

"If you touch her she literally goes 'huff puff'. It's quite natural and for hedgehogs it's a natural defence mechanism.

"But she does it to extreme - she does everything to extremes."

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