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A Daring Rescue…

02 Jun

Yesterday afternoon at about 3pm I found this little guy hiding by our back door…

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The door was propped open with a sack of dog food and there he was, not balled up, just standing under the door while our new dog (more about him later) gambolled about barking his head off in excitement.

I picked him up in an old blanket and popped him in a box while I consulted my good friend Google on the best course of action.

I came across this website, and saw this at the top…

Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals, sleeping during the day and foraging for food late evening through to early morning. They only come out during the day if there is a problem. Any hedgehog found out during daylight should be taken to a carer, vet or wildlife hospital.

My friend Adele and her husband have a hedgehog rescue but I couldn’t get hold of her, so I used the Help Wildlife website to find the next nearest rescue centre, which happened to be The Willows Hedgehog Rescue in Bromsgrove. I called and spoke to Jayne, who told me that our little visitor was probably pretty poorly to be out and about in the daylight and not balling up when faced with a yapping Cockapoo. She asked me to bring him in to them so that they could check him over, so I popped him into our cat carrier with his blanket…

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…popped a towel over the top so it’d be nice and dark for him, and set off for Bromsgrove.

When we arrived I discovered that my little friend had managed to wriggle his way underneath the blankets. I took him inside, met Charlie and Jayne, the owners of The Willows, and Charlie took my little hog off to their hospital (after a few minutes searching the blanket) while Jayne filled out my paperwork.

I’ve got to call them back in a couple of days to see how my rescue-hog is doing, and hopefully I’ll be able to collect him and bring him home soon. There’s a good chance that he might have worms, in which case it’ll be a few weeks until I can go back and get him.

We have been keeping a dish of dried dog food outside for the pooches (just in case they forget there’s one indoors too) so we think he may have been hungry and trying to get some of that. From now on we’ll be keeping a bowl of small-bite dog food out for our hedgehog population (in case we have more than one) and we’ll also be building a hedgehog house a bit like this one (as modelled by Jayne)…

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The Willows Hedgehog Rescue is a not-for-profit, self-funded organisation for the rescue, rehabilitation and release of native hedgehogs. Read more about the work they do here…and about ways that you can help them keep their rescue running here.

I don’t know how much it’ll cost to look after the hedgehog I’ve taken to them but I’ve made a small donation to try and cover the cost of feeding him and any medicines he might need. Hopefully he’ll be back in our garden soon and some of my donation can go towards looking after another hedgehog or two.

…more hedgehog updates to follow!…

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2015 in Animals, Random

 

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