Spikey Returns to Bishopthorpe Palace After Rescue and Rehabilitation
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Spikey Returns to Bishopthorpe Palace After Rescue and Rehabilitation

‘Spikey’ the hedgehog was returned to Bishopthorpe Palace on January 12, after a month’s recuperation at Dringhouses Hedgehog Rescue. Spikey’s companion Pumpkin had also spent time with him at Sarah and Anthony Patterson’s home.

The two hedgehogs soon settled in (Image: The Office of the Archbishop of York) Spikey’s weight more than tripled during his time with Sarah, while Pumpkin’s weight went from 86 grams to 698 grams over a longer period.

David Atkinson, Palace Warden, ensured Spikey’s release close to a specially built home. Atkinson commented on the partnership with the local rescue center and the availability of space at Bishopthorpe Palace.

Anthony and Sarah Patterson with Palace warden David Atkinson (Image: The Office of The Archbishop of York) The enclosed grounds and abundance of food at Bishopthorpe Palace provide a safe and secure environment for these hedgehogs. Sarah emphasized the placement of hedgehog houses in various locations to ensure a secure habitat for winter hibernation.