African pygmy hedgehog pet increase raises expert fears
Whilst native British hedgehogs are in decline, there has been an increase in the number of African pygmy hedgehogs being kept as pets.
The trend is worrying some experts who say the numbers being given up prove they do not make good pets.
With Christmas approaching they believe that people should avoid the temptation of this latest 'must have' animal.
Jane Goddard meets the owners of African pygmy hedgehogs and talks to experts at the Tiggywinkles hedgehog hospital in Buckinghamshire.
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