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While all eyes were on the festive entertainment in Newbury last Saturday, one little hoglet was rescued after being spotted trotting along Northbrook Street.

As thousands thronged towards Market Place one of the visitors to the town spotted a tiny movement in the gutter at the far end of the street by the Clock Tower and soon realised it was a baby hedgehog.

Passerby Rachel Martin joined the group standing round the creature and offered to take him home.

Tiny feeds of dog food
Tiny feeds of dog food

The hoglet was discovered near The Tiny Café which supplied a cake box for Miss Martin to take the hedgehog back to her Chieveley home.

Miss Martin said: "When I got home I read up everything I could about caring for hedgehogs and I also contacted a couple of local rescue centres, but they were all full already.

"They gave me plenty of advice and the people at Hedgehog Bottom have been particularly helpful and have said if I need any help to give them a call."

Tiny asleep safe and sound
Tiny asleep safe and sound

Miss Martin and her partner Mo only moved to Chieveley recently form the centre of Newbury.

"If we had still been in town we wouldn't have been able to take him in, but luckily we have space here and I have created a home for him in a large box with plenty of newspaper and leaves from the garden."

Miss Martin is feeding 'Tiny' – so named because of his size and because he was found outside the Tiny Café – on dog food and Kit and Kaboodle cat biscuits, which she says are high in calories and she has noticed he has become very bright and responsive.

"Tiny really is VERY tiny – he can sit in the palm of my hand. But he is certainly happily munching through the food we have supplied, he has got through four pouches since Saturday!"

Hoglet rescued (53293238)
Hoglet rescued (53293238)

Miss Martin works from home as a customer service adviser for Global Freight Solutions and says she and Mo intend to look after the hedgehog until the spring when hopefully he will be able to cope with the outdoors.

"Tiny's got plenty of bedding and food here.

"It's so important that we look after these little creatures and I'm so glad we can give him the chance of a future.

"Hopefully he will have got over the shock of finding himself in the middle of Newbury and will eventually settle in the countryside around Chieveley."

Find more guidance for caring for hedgehogs here.

Watch Tiny having one of his first meals at his new home in Chieveley.

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