By Laura Dale
This spineless hedgehog caused quite a stir when it was discovered in a garden – completely bald.
The hedgehog, affectionately named Baldy, was brought to Hessilhead Wildlife Sanctuary after concerned residents found her wondering around gardens in Duntocher, Scotland.
Baldy, who is believed to be around three-years-old, was found with no hair – otherwise known as spines.
And despite having numerous checks by a number of different vets, it was concluded that it is simply a congenital defect – and Baldy is otherwise healthy.
Andy and Gay Christie founded Hessilhead Wildlife Sanctuary in 1986 and have been rescuing and caring for animals in distress for over 30 years.
Gay, 71, said: “We had a call from a resident in Duntocher saying that a hedgehog was in their garden.
“After Andy, 74, collected her I remember opening the box and being so puzzled, she didn’t look like anything we had seen before.
“It was lucky she was
bought to us when she was, she wouldn’t have survived in the wild as she had no protection, we think she was around five weeks old.
“She had a few spines on her back to begin with, but they were very brittle and so when we pulled them out they didn’t grow back, she hasn’t had any since.
“Her skin is very healthy and she is on great condition.
“She’s been with us for three years now, but we can’t let her back in the wild as she won’t survive, but she has a great life and is very well looked after.”