We all like hedgehogs, right? Those cute, snuffly little spiky creatures? I love them, they’re my third favorite animal after polar bears and foxes. Well, I have some sad news:
I am very disapointed to announce that the number of UK hedgehogs has fallen by 73%, according to a survey, leaving only 522,000 in the wild. This was probably caused by the fact that many hedgehogs get run over by big lorries and cars when they try to cross the road. They also eat the slug pellets in your garden. Sometimes, they even get killed by chemicals!
Twenty per cent of British mammals are at risk of extinction within ten years, according to a report by the Mammal Society, the University of Sussex and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Lancaster.
Red squirrels, grey long-eared bats and water voles are among 12 species classed as “threatened” — the first time British mammals have been added to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of endangered species – which is a very good example of how humans are treating nature.
Unfortunately, this has been happening a lot quite recently – turtles, pandas, elephants and polar bears are just a few of the ever growing list of endangered species.
I hope this sad story boosts you to do even more for the planet.