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  Hedgehogs saved from death sentence
Updated 09 July 2002, 15.32
Hedgehog
Thousands of hedgehogs in Scotland have been saved from a death sentence - for now.

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The prickly creatures have been eating rare birds eggs, and the Scottish National Heritage (SNH) said this had to stop.

Western Isles
It had planned to kill 5,000 hedgehogs in the Western Isles - but animal rights campaigners went mad.

Now the SNH has agreed to discuss the matter with welfare groups first, although it's still considering the killings - called a 'cull'.

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They've promised to look into the possibility of moving the hedgehogs, instead of killing them.

Fact File
Hedgehog facts
Have 2-6 babies at once
Hibernate in sheds and compost heaps
Can live to 5-6 years
Can walk for two miles for food
Good swimmers and climbers

Only a few hedgehogs were introduced to the island of South Uist in 1974.

But they have been breeding like mad and now the population is massive.



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opening quoteThey tried moving the hedgehogs, it just didn't work. Maybe they should move the birds to another place.closing quote
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