Amourobius ferox

Amourobius ferox
By Peter Byles

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Hedgehogs are in deep trouble this year as the nights are cold and some are hibernating. However, some are only just having babies now. I always ask people to look out for small hedgehogs at this time of year but, this year there should be a lot more and it should go on for longer as they leave their nests at 4 weeks. Hedgehogs under 650g or 1 1/2 pounds need to come in for the winter and any out in the day are ill so, same applies. I don't really want people to take babies away from their mothers unless a baby is out alone.  Better to monitor the nest, if you know where it is and grab the babies when you no longer see mother with them.  They will be around 4 weeks old.
First aid for any hedgehog is, pick it up right away, put it in a high sided box and cover with scrunched up newspaper. Keep it warm indoors with a hot water bottle (a plastic drinks bottle with hot water in), feed with meaty dog or cat food and offer water then call for help and advice.  01437 779461
 Pictured are Bert and Ernestine, about 4-5 weeks old and numbers 99 and 100 that have passed through the Hogspital this year so far


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