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I keep aquiring these little spikey snuffle creatures...

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by kindai, 29 Jul 2019.

  1. kindai

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    Last night, this little fella was wandering around bumping into things, no idea where hes come from but he was absolutely starving and ate loads of food and drink.

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    Tonight this one turns up! Even smaller and soon as I picked him up he was trying to lick the water off my hand as id just fed the fish, so food and water offered and again he sat there munching away for what seemed ages.

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    Unfortunately given they're wandering on their own, no sign of a big hedgehog and are obviously extremely hungry and thirsty I think its safe to assume mum is likely flat on a road somewhere or has abandoned them.
     
  2. NoobCannon

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    Or killed by the cat
     
  3. kindai

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    I kid you not, that cat is scared of butterflies. Shes the most useless cat at being a cat ever.
     
  4. koolpc

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    Maybe she is transitioning?
     
  5. Bouton Aide

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    Have you just assumed the gender of this hedgehog?
     
  6. Mercenary Keyboard Warrior

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    Lovely, well done for feeding them
    We have lost a horrible amount on hedgehogs over the last 40 years
     
  7. SMN

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    Out of interest, what do you feed them? I wouldnt know where to start!
     
  8. Yaayuh!

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    Good man! :)

    When they're bigger, get a hedgehog house and always leave some water out.

    Might be worth giving a Hedgehog sanctuary a call and ask for some advice.
     
  9. Regy53

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    My Mum has a hedgehog rescue centre she started it last year when one was doing the same thing. She has really taken to it and has a big room in the garden outbuildings dedicated too it. She litraly has a microscope and checks their poo etc. She has people bringing her hedgehogs from all over and has gained a lot of support. I think they eat dog food but for any body intrested i can find out if you like

    They are messy little things but most are riddled with lungworm and the likes. Quite cool but very time consuming

    Little plug for her FB page, hopefully allowed
    https://www.facebook.com/wixamshedgehogs/
     
  10. bazzabear

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    A few years ago, we found a massive one in our completely enclosed back garden. God knows how it got in - they must be very accomplished climbers.

    I used a shovel to pick it up and move it to the front garden instead so it could escape (they're usually covered with fleas so I didn't want to get any closer).
     
  11. Usher

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    We have them visiting also, give them cat food and water, do not listen to anyone who says give them milk as it's harmful
     
  12. Regy53

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    Ok the old dear has said

    " Yea needs to be taken tk a rescue eapecially if oit in the day2
    "Tok small to survive on own. Can help bu putting shallow bowls of water out and meaty flavoured kitten kibble, soaked in water "
     
  13. MassiveJim

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    Have you just assumed that the hedgehog identifies with a gender ?
     
  14. Bouton Aide

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    Have you just assumed that I assumed that koolpc assumed that the hedgehog identifies with a gender?
     
  15. #Chri5#

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    Nothing more than meaty cat/kitten or dog food. We have at least two regular hedgehog visitors (I've seen them both at the same time in person and on camera). They munch through a small saucer of Morrison's Complete dry cat food each night.

    As above, 'hogs shouldn't be out in the day. If they are, they need help as they are starving / dehydrated / ill:

    https://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/found-a-hedgehog/

     
  16. kindai

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    Yes its being fed some mashed up cat food, they were both dehydrated, and have been offered plenty to drink and theyre both looking much better this morning for it. I think mum hedgehog has likely been squashed and thats why theyve started roaming out the nest looking for food/water.
     
  17. fonzee

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    Good on you. These poor buggers need every bit of help they can get. As has been said keep them watered and fed until you can get them to your nearest hedgehog sanctuary. May be worth looking out for any others?

    Had the same thing with baby squirrels last year. Was fantastic to see them eventually released back into the wild few months later.
     
  18. Jimbeam3678

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    Assuming it was a grey variety, you might want to rethink releasing them next time :)

    http://squirrelaccord.uk/uk-laws.html
     
  19. Rroff

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    2-3 weeks back I nearly ran one over and saw several squashed ones - wonder if the time of year or weather or something has made them active.
     
  20. Mr-White

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    All you need now is a fox and an echidna :D