I was gardening last week when my neighbour called. She was in her garden and had found a hedgehog and she wasn’t sure what to do. I went round to see what I could do.
It was a very small hog, out in daylight (they shouldn’t be out in the day). I had taken a cardboard box with me, so I picked up the hog and put in the box. We could see it had one tick on it’s head and other critters, maybe fleas, running all over it. We called our local rescue and took in.
I kept an eye on the cute little thing on the way. It peed and pooped on way, so I was glad I had lined the box! We handed it over, and filled out a form about where we found the hog. Ideally they release hogs back where they came from, I believe, but my neighbour has a dog who was very interested in our hog, so that would not have been a good idea.
I was hopeful for the little hedgehog, except for the tick and being small it looked pretty good to me.
I called the rescue for an update today. The hedgehog was a male, they removed the tick, and he was eating well. He seemed fine, except he was loosing weight despite eating well. They were about to do more tests when our hog sadly passed away.
Not the happy ending I was hoping for, but we did the right thing getting him help, and the rescue centre did what they could. They’re not sure what was wrong with him.
I knew what to do thanks to the research I did for my hedgehog article, and Emma, a hedgehog rescuer who helped me with the article. You can read the article ‘Helping hedgehogs’ HERE, my interview with Emma HERE, and Emma’s blog HERE.
Please make sure you know what to do in case you ever need to rescue a hedgehog, and consider helping your local rescue centre 🙂 We can’t save them all, but the more we can save the better!