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Prison beds given to hibernating hedgehogs

Germany, Glaubitz
November 30, 2019 at 10:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hedgehogs are moving into 'prison cells' to hibernate over this year's harsh German winter.

Ruptly visited the newest inmates at Zeithain prison in northern Saxony on Friday.

The project began completely by accident, when the facility's chief secretary was speaking to their hairdresser. The local hedgehog preservation society was brought up and the next thing prison authorities expressed an interest in housing 50 of the spiny mammals in specially built sheds.

Prisoners will be charged with looking after hedgehogs, under the watchful eye of guards.

Their release date is next spring, once the weather warms up.

Before then, the prison has put on a Christmas market for the festive season, selling products manufactured by inmates.

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Hedgehogs are moving into 'prison cells' to hibernate over this year's harsh German winter.

Ruptly visited the newest inmates at Zeithain prison in northern Saxony on Friday.

The project began completely by accident, when the facility's chief secretary was speaking to their hairdresser. The local hedgehog preservation society was brought up and the next thing prison authorities expressed an interest in housing 50 of the spiny mammals in specially built sheds.

Prisoners will be charged with looking after hedgehogs, under the watchful eye of guards.

Their release date is next spring, once the weather warms up.

Before then, the prison has put on a Christmas market for the festive season, selling products manufactured by inmates.

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