Chubby hedgehog in Scotland is forced to exercise

A hedgehog in Scotland got so heavy she couldn’t curl up in a ball.

The animal had to lose weight: she was given not more than a bowl of worms a day and forced to exercise.

The hedgehog was found malnourished in the vicinity of Edinburgh; after people started caring for her, she got so fat she couldn’t roll into a ball. The obese hog weighed an astonishing 2.3 kg, while the average body mass of an adult hedgehog is 700 to 800 grams, reports.

Edinburgh, as the animal was named, was found last fall, weighing less than 400 grams. The staff of the Wormit Hedgehog Care Centre started caring for her by giving her large portions of mealworms and cat food. By July, Edinburgh was not able to curl up and had to be put on diet.

The menu was changed to limit the excessive food consumption. The hedgehog is now allowed not more than one bowl of mealworms a day and forced to exercise (there is no information about particular exercises or methods of forcing her to do them). As of now, Edinburgh weighs less than 1.5 kg, as she lost almost half of her weight.


5 November 2013