Pilot stops plane to let baby hedgehog cross the runway

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Hedgehog alert
Hedgehog alert (Picture: Rex)

A kindhearted pilot took evasive action after noticing a baby hedgehog on the runway as they prepared for take-off.

Passengers were told about the reason for the delay over the tannoy as they waited two minutes for the hoglet to cross.

The Loganair flight was taxiing to the runway in Stornoway, Lewis, when the prickly creature made an appearance.

The captain brought the Saab 340 aircraft to a halt at around 5.20pm on Thursday, during the journey to Inverness in the Highlands.

There were 30 passengers on board at the time.

Neil Hughes, Loganairs director of flight operations, said: The captain safely avoided a prickly situation for the little hedgehog, following procedure until the animal was off the tarmac.

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There were 30 passengers on board at the time. (Picture: Rex)

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