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This Hedgehog Is So Fat He Can't Even Roll Up Into A Ball Any More

Seriously, you need to see this huge hog.

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Meet Jabba, the fattest hedgehog you will probably ever see.

Jabba, also known as The Big One, was found by a kindly lady who took him in as a baby and fed him.
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Jabba, also known as The Big One, was found by a kindly lady who took him in as a baby and fed him.

He weighs almost 4Ibs (about 1.8kg) – three times the size of an average hedgehog – after growing up on a diet of dog paté and dried mealworms.

Phil Yeomans / BNPS
Phil Yeomans / BNPS

He may have been a little ~too~ pampered.

Due to his large size, Jabba can't curl up and has trouble walking.

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His carer has now handed him over to the Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue in England to prepare him for a return to the wild.

At the wildlife sanctuary, Jabba has been put on a strict diet to get him slimmed down before he can be released.

Animal carer Emma Hickey told BuzzFeed News Jabba "can walk, but it's more of a wobble. He doesn't like to walk and he can't roll up properly."
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Animal carer Emma Hickey told BuzzFeed News Jabba "can walk, but it's more of a wobble. He doesn't like to walk and he can't roll up properly."

He needs to lose weight so he can curl up properly and protect himself, Hickey said. "We are hoping to release him back into the wild after he has lost the weight."

Jabba has been at the sanctuary for a week and has so far lost 40g on a diet of puppy food and water.
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Jabba has been at the sanctuary for a week and has so far lost 40g on a diet of puppy food and water.

Jabba is also in a large enclosure and his food is kept at one end and his bed at the other to encourage him to exercise.

"He's the biggest hedgehog I've ever seen," Hickey said. "He's the size of a football but we hope he will lose the weight in two or three months."
Phil Yeomans / BNPS

"He's the biggest hedgehog I've ever seen," Hickey said. "He's the size of a football but we hope he will lose the weight in two or three months."

Good luck, Jabba!

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