Don’t blame the hedgehogs for their weight gain. It’s the fault of those Jerusalem cats; people leave food out for the many packs of feral cats roaming the streets of Jerusalem, and the hedgehogs seem to have joined in the feasts.
Ten overweight hedgehogs have had to go on strict diets and exercise regimes after they ate so much on the streets of Israel they struggled to curl up into a ball to fend off predators.
Animal lovers found them waddling around and brought them into the hospital at the Ramat Gan Safari.
Staff there said the hedgehogs had probably been snacking on food left out for pets.
“A lot of people put cat food on the streets for the stray cats, which is very nice but … the problem is that there’s other wildlife that eats it,” zookeeper Becka Rifkin told Reuters….
And, ICYMI: Reflections on Jerusalem Cats