The animal, which weighed 1.6 kilograms at the turn of the year, has already lost a good 150 grams, a spokeswoman for the zoo announced on tuesday. Almost ten percent of its weight.
Heavyweight "sherman" was brought to the wildlife clinic of the israeli safari zoo near tel aviv for treatment at the end of last year. At that time, he could hardly walk because of his excess weight and was also no longer able to.
The problem of overweight hedgehogs has recently become more frequent, the zoo announced in a press release. The average weight of a hedgehog is normally between 600 and 900 grams.
According to the zoo, sherman had been feeding on cat food that had been put out by local residents. In the zoo he was given healthy food so that he can lose weight gradually – dry food, chopped meat, vegetables and fruit. "The diet works," said zoo spokeswoman. "The keepers continue to confine his food and place it some distance away so that he has to walk," she said. "The road is still long, but we hope that he can be released back into the wild by summer."