|Our Prickly Friends!
Hedgehogs are very helpful creatures in the garden, as well as they are so cute! They eat up lots of slugs, snails, and many other garden pests, so it is always good if you have a hedgehog family living in your area. It is very important that food and water is available constantly, so why not put out some cat / dog meat (not pork or fish variety) and a dish of water.... the hedgies will be very grateful for it!! Please check out my pictures below, of hedgies that I have rescued during 2000 - '01. (David G. Hall, UK)....
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|A normally coloured hedgehog, a young one, which I rescued, in Autumn 2000.|
|My first white hedgehog, a baby, rescued in mid-November,2000. He was not an albino, but a rare blonde! Note his pink eyes and pink nose too!|
|White hedgie with a normally coloured one!|
|Tiny babies, from Newbold Verdon, only a few days old! These babies were handed to me in late-September, 2000...they were very hungry and squealing for food! They were orphans. They had to be hand-reared on goat's milk, fed using a tiny syringe, every 3 hours day and night! Although tiring, as always, it was a very rewarding experience, especially because 3 out of the 4 in that litter survived and grew up to adulthood!|
|White hedgehog, being held by ME!|
He was saved from being squashed on a country road, Oct. 2000. He was with me 6 months before he could be rehabbed the following Spring!
See also picture at left........
|Luckie Hedgie, also shown on the right, 6 months after the other picture was taken! Spring, 2001.|
|ABOVE: Luckie Hedgie (another picture of him).
RIGHT: Hedgehog with a broken leg, June, 2001.
|These were all from the same family! October/ November, 2000- Banky Meadow Five, Burbage, Hinckley, Leicestershire, England.|
|August 2001, getting ready to rehab young Horisia....her weight was successfully doubled since she was rescued...she had been attacked by a dog, and survived!|
|October, 2000: This adult female, named Holly, was badly swollen and had a severe abscess. Sadly, she did not make it :-((|
|Two youngsters taken in during 2001 - LEFT: in June, and RIGHT: in September.|
|How do Hedgehogs benefit us and how can we benefit them?|
|Hedgehogs benefit us in so many ways!! To start with, they are very cute creatures and thus are high in the wildlife polls! Hedgies provide the gardener with a clean, safe alternative to controlling garden pests, like slugs and such like. They also help to keep the garden tidy in the Autumn months, by collecting up fallen and dead leaves, to use in their nests.
Please make your garden Hedgehog Friendly! Ways to do this are: 1. Always provide fresh food and water. Ideal food is tinned cat/dog meat (not pork or fish variety)...and 'Spike's Dinner'- a tinned hedgehog food, available in most pet stores. Don't put out cow's milk, as they cannot digest it.
2. Make garden ponds safe for hedgehogs. They can fall in and drown, even though they are known to swim. A stepped slope made of bricks should be provided to prevent such a loss. Also, cover all drains with a proper drain cover.
3. Provide a safe haven for hedgehog families. Preserve a sheltered corner of your garden, and build a hedgehog box! These are especially important for hibernating hedgehogs.
4. Look out for hedgehogs out and about in the daytime! They are totally nocturnal creatures, so if one is out in the day, this means something is wrong. The hedgie could be orphaned, hungry, sick, dehydrated or injured. I have seen and taken in a lot of hedgehogs with these problems....some horrifically injured.
5. Please take care when mowing or strimming. Hedgies like to snuggle down in long grass in the Summer months.
6. Always check bonfire piles BEFORE setting them alight! The piles are attractive to pre-hibernating hedgehogs, they like to hide and sleep under them.
ADVICE ON ALL THESE TIPS CAN BE OBTAINED BY
E-MAILING ME ! SICK, ORPHANED AND INJURED HEDGEHOGS NEED IMMEDIATE VETERINARY ATTENTION!
|Two more youngsters taken in during 2001!|
|From 'The Nocturnals Forest Animals': Hogarth & Hortensia (left), and Hogarth (right).
(Artwork by David G. Hall.)
in the UK!
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|Copyright (c) 2001 - 2010, by Jennifer Willis and David G. Hall.
Published by B. Hogarth's Wildlife Rescue.