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  McFlurry cartons killing hedgehogs
Updated 10 January 2002, 17.43
Hedgehog
Hedgehogs are reported to be dying after getting stuck in McDonalds ice cream cartons which have been thrown away.

The hogs are attracted to the smell of the ice cream but when they go for a lick their prickly spines mean they can't get out.

It's said many have been found dead or dying with their heads stuck in the dome-shaped carton.

Fact File
Hedgehog facts
Baby hedgehogs are called 'hoglets'
They are pink when they're born
They shed their spines like humans shed hair

A redesign?

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) is asking McDonalds to think about redesigning the cartons, but it's not certain whether they will.

In the meantime the BHPS says people should throw away their litter properly in dustbins which could save many hogs' lives.

There are about a million hedgehogs in Britain but they are very accident-prone, often getting run over on the road.

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