McDonald's new dessert cup: Hedgehogs are 'lovin' it

McDonald's UK has redesigned a dessert cup that became the final resting place of trapped hedgehogs.

An obscure British animal-rights group has persuaded one of the world's biggest companies to come to the aid of the humble hedgehog.

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society has campaigned for years to get mighty McDonald's Corp. to redesign its McFlurry dessert containers, whichacted somewhat likea lobster trap: Once the spiny mammal sticks its head into the hole in the top of the cup, it gets stuck and can't get out again.

McDonald's U.K. said Tuesday that after "significant research and testing," it had designed a McFlurry cup with an opening so small that the hedgehog cannot insert its head — and therefore cannot get stuck.

"The smaller aperture of the lid has been designed to prevent hedgehogs from entering the McFlurry container in the unfortunate incidence that a lid is littered and is then accessible to wildlife," the company said in a statement.

Fay Vass, chief executive of the BHPS, told the Associated Press the change was "excellent, if long overdue news … Many hedgehog lives will be saved."

with files from Associated Press