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Hedgehog

Observed: 16th November 2009 By: kc5467
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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Description:

A mainly nocturnal creature.Britains only spiny mammal.

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Hedgehog.

No mistaking this as a hedgehog.

Is the picture on its side? Where was it taken? Was it peaking out from some grass or building a nest ready to hibernate?

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hedgehog

Yes,sorry,the photo is on its side(forgot to rotate it before i down loaded it!) Its a long story with this little chap. He was handed to me (im a veterinary nurse) because he was too small to survive the winter/hibernation. He was found wondering around the astroturf at a local secondary school!! On examination he weighed in at 240g approx half the recommended weight to over winter sucessfully. Although,small he was in good health and has gone to spend the winter along with seven other of his kind. Apart from the provision of suitable food he will recieve little human contact and therefore should be good for release in the spring. The photo was taken in the environment in which he will spend the winter. Very cute little chap!!!. In the area i live (south Devon) there seems to be alot of juvenile hedgehogs around this winter,possibly something to so with the late summer/ mild autumn we have had.Sadly if we have a prolonged cold spell, many will not have enough body reserves to survive.

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Hedgehog

I'm glad there are people like yourself helping hedgehogs. As you say there are a lot of under sized hedgehogs out there, sad, but at the same time we have to be realistic, without the mild winter they would never have been born. Also, this has been happening for thousands of years without affecting the overall population.

Graham Banwell

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