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Last Updated: Friday December 11 2009 16:40 GMT

Podgy hedgehog put on diet

Snowball

Fat hedgehog put on diet

A white hedgehog that put on so much weight he grew to three times his normal size has been put on a diet.

Snowball currently weighs 1.5kg, compared to a normal hedgehog who weighs around 500g.

He has been put on a diet of low-fat kitten biscuits to help him slim down and has lost 38g so far.

He is being looked after at St Tiggywinkles hospital in south-east England, where staff are making sure he gets lots of exercise too.

Snowball was taken to the hospital in October. He will remain at St Tiggywinkles until the summer, when he will be released into a protected area for other albino hedgehogs.

Easier to spot

He's an albino, which means he has no pigment in his fur, spines, skin or eyes.

Albino hedgehogs are vulnerable to predators as they're easier to spot than normal hedgehogs.