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  Rare blond hedgehog rescued
Updated 20 January 2002, 15.49
Alfie the blond hedgehog
A blond hedgehog has been rescued from almost certain death by a 12-year-old girl.

Alfie has brown eyes and dark skin, which means he's not albino - they have no colour because of a lack of melanin in their skin.

But he has blond prickles which makes him quite rare.

Bryony Hall from Cambridge thought he was a white stone when she first spotted him.

Eating like a hog!

She took him home and fed the underweight hoglet till he was more than twice the size he used to be!

So instead of hibernating for the winter in some box, Alfie is living the life of luxury in a guinea pig's cage.

He's munching on boiled eggs, roast chicken and cat food.

Blond hedgehogs are usually only found on the Channel Island of Alderney.

Bryony's mother Lilian said: "He is really cute and friendly. He takes food from our hands which is quite unusual for a wild hedgehog.

"He was underweight and scrawny when Bryony found him and he would be dead by now if she hadn't rescued him."

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