The Mayor of Poole, Cllr Lindsay Wilson, has received a visit from some special guests - a couple of two-week-old hedgehogs.
The orphaned baby hedgehogs, called hoglets, are currently being cared for by the Care, Rehabilitation and Aid for Sick Hedgehogs (C.R.A.S.H.) hospital, located in Poole.
C.R.A.S.H. - one of the Mayor’s three chosen charities - was founded in 1992 by Angela Squires and cares for hundreds of hedgehogs and hoglets each year.
The main aim of C.R.A.S.H. is to get injured, sick, and orphaned hedgehogs fit enough so that they can return to the wild. The charity also helps to find and provide secure gardens for hedgehogs who are never strong enough to return to the wild, with a policy that ensures that a hedgehog is never unnecessarily put down.
The two hoglets were greeted by the Mayor and members of staff, and enjoyed exploring the Mayor’s parlour.
Cllr Wilson said: “C.R.A.S.H. is a wonderful charity that does fantastic work to help this endangered species.
“I am very proud to support C.R.A.S.H. as one of my chosen charities and I look forward to working with the charity throughout my term.”
The charity is completely dependent on donations from members of the public, sponsorship by companies, and fundraising by dedicated volunteers, and is currently working to raise £5000 for an incubated shed, which will keep sick and orphaned hedgehogs, who are not large enough to survive hibernation, warm during the winter months.
Find out more about C.R.A.S.H or make a donation towards an incubating shed.