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Baby hedgehog

Observed: 20th September 2012 By: TheTladyTheTlady’s reputation in Mammals
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I spent most of the morning with this baby hedgehog who was aware of my presence but completely unpeturbed. He foraged all over my garden which he appears o know well, apparently deliberately going off for a drink at the birds' water bath. I estimate that he is no more than 15cm from the tip of his nose to his rear. His mum has done a sterling job on the mollusc population in my garden all summer, and I have seen her and this baby several times in daylight in the last two or three weeks/ Is this unusual? It was a great way to spend my day off :-)

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Fenwickfield's picture

not sure

I know if you see them in daytime there usually unwell but they may forage more through the day at this time of year to get there fat reserves(weight)up to enable them to hibernate may be worth putting some cat food out for them (not fish flavours)to help them get to hibernation size.I too could watch them all day

Fenwickfield

TheTlady's picture

Daytime hedgehogs

Yes, I've heard that said too, but this little chap seems very healthy and can really move on those strange little legs :-) I think your suggestion about the time of year is likely to be the case. I will hold hard on the cat food, as I am trying to discourage the neighbourhood cats, but will see if I can gather a few tasty critters for him/her. Might soak some mealworms too.

Fenwickfield's picture

done that

I did that last year I collected some worms and soaked mealworms too,I know what you mean about cats I would not wish to encourage them either

Fenwickfield

Rose's picture

AUTUMN JUVENILES

Hi,
If you go to the British Hedgehog website you can find their contact details or Facebook link and get some direct advice.
Follow this link it talks about AUTUMN JUVENILES – they need extra feeding if they are to survive the winter.
http://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/FAQS/first_aid.htm

Rose

TheTlady's picture

Another baby hedgehog

By coincidence, just as I was reading the info on the above website, for which many thanks, a friend from the other end of the village turned up with a basket containing an even smaller baby hedgehog that has been tottering weakly around her garden for a couple of days. We warmed it up, gave it some dog food which it ate, and a few mealworms, and it is now snoozing contentedly in a box near the radiator. I will attempt to feed it up sufficiently for it to hibernate, but if I'm not confident that this can be done, Mrs Tiggywinkles is not far away, and I will take this one there :-)

Rose's picture

snoozing hedgehogs!

Hi, Glad the info was useful. I love the thought of contently snoozing hedgehogs! I hope your successful in feeding them up. but your lucky or your hedgehogs are lucky in having Mrs Tiggywinkles close as a back up. best of luck.

Rose