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Volunteers look after adorable tiny hoglets who were abandoned by their mothers

Adorable tiny hoglets are brought in to the Harper Asprey Wildlife rescue center in this week’s episode of Saving Britain’s Hedgehogs. 

Two young hedgehogs, dubbed Luke and Leia, are rescued by the Harper Asprey center in Windlesham, Surrey, after they were abandoned by their mothers. 

Everything was going well for Luke and Leia and their two siblings until their mother, named Chris, contracted an infection and left the nest. 

While two of the hoglets did not make it, Luke and Leia were taken in by Anne Brummer and Lynne Powell. 

Baby hedgehogs Luke and Leia (pictured) are taken in by the shelter after their mother Chris contracted an infection and left the nest in this week's Saving Britain's Hedgehogs

Baby hedgehogs Luke and Leia (pictured) are taken in by the shelter after their mother Chris contracted an infection and left the nest in this week’s Saving Britain’s Hedgehogs

Four hoglets who were abandoned by their mothers and harassed by a cat are also rescued and looked after by the shelter

Four hoglets who were abandoned by their mothers and harassed by a cat are also rescued and looked after by the shelter

While their mother is being treated with antibiotics for her infection, the hoglets haven’t been fed in 18 hours and are severely dehydrated. 

Anne and Lynne do their best to keep the pair alive, massaging their spines so they don’t give up and die. 

‘We get so many good days,’ says Lynne, ‘and then we get this kind of days, which is so hard.’ 

But thanks to Anne and Lynne’s determined care, the youngsters rally and the two women can start injecting them with fluids.  

Luke (pictured) almost gives up after being rescued by Anne Brummer and Lynne Powell, as he struggles to take his fluids, and all his energy is spent on protecting his vital organs

Luke (pictured) almost gives up after being rescued by Anne Brummer and Lynne Powell, as he struggles to take his fluids, and all his energy is spent on protecting his vital organs

Lynne (right) and Anne (left) have to massage the hoglets to keep them alive before they can inject them with fluids

Lynne (right) and Anne (left) have to massage the hoglets to keep them alive before they can inject them with fluids

Pictured: Three out of four hoglets that were rescued after being abandoned by their mother and harassed by a cat

Pictured: Three out of four hoglets that were rescued after being abandoned by their mother and harassed by a cat 

‘When the body gets dehydrated, the little energy and fluids that is has protects the vital organs,’ explains Anne as she injects fluids in the hoglets’ mouths through syringes. 

‘So if we tried to put food in now, it would remove that energy away from the vital organs, as it would take energy to digest the food.’

With the hoglets really struggling to swallow the fluids, Luke almost dies. But Anne manages to keep him alive and to give him enough energy to take in the much- needed fluids. 

In order to help the babies survive, Anne and Lynne have no choice but to inject the fluids directly into the tiny hedgehogs’ skins. 

The procedure is unpleasant for the hoglets, but it’s a necessary evil, as it might just save their lives. 

As the pair seems to be perking up, Anne and Lynne give them a break, which hopefully  will help the babies gather more energy. 

At the end of the episode, we find out that Luke and Leia are doing much better, thanks to the loving care of Anne and Lynne. 

The weakest of the four hoglets (pictured) has to be fed fluids before he can have food, but quickly perks up

The weakest of the four hoglets (pictured) has to be fed fluids before he can have food, but quickly perks up 

Hoglets a week older than Luke and Leia are also rescued by the centre, as it revealed they’ve harassed by a cat. 

Just like the younger hoglets, these ones are dehydrated and need fluid to survive. 

Anne is experienced when it comes to saving hedgehogs, but she advises people to call the nearest rescue center for advice before taking matter into their own hands, as each hoglet is different.  

But the strongest ones are soon spoon fed as Anne and host Steve Backshall swoon over the little balls of cuteness. 

‘Hes got his little foot on my finger, that is so cute’ Steve says. 

‘Anne, what are you doing to me, you’re destroying my reputation,’ he jokes, still holding the baby hedgehog in his hand. ‘I’m supposed to be about deadly animals, you’ve got me up to my neck in cute.’ 

Saving Britain’s Hedgehogs airs at 8pm tonight on Channel 5 

Steve Backshall's tough guy image is put to the test has he feeds a tiny hedgehog off a spoon to help him muster some energy

Steve Backshall’s tough guy image is put to the test has he feeds a tiny hedgehog off a spoon to help him muster some energy 

Steve (pictured) cannot help but swoon over the tiny baby hedgehog as he feeds him

Steve (pictured) cannot help but swoon over the tiny baby hedgehog as he feeds him

After being given the care it needed by the shelter, the tiny hedgehog (pictured) perks up and seems energised

After being given the care it needed by the shelter, the tiny hedgehog (pictured) perks up and seems energised 

 

 

 

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