Hedgehogs

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  1. DianneWoollie

    DianneWoollie In Flower

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    Hedgehogs are getting scarcer as their habitats have been under various threats with our life styles...I am really fond of Hedgehogs, when I first moved over here I was responsible for the death of one and still feel bad about it....6 years later, daft I guess.:):)...few facts on a short link

    .https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/animals/general-animals/hedgehog-facts/

    I do know they are not natural to the USA, but sure you would have some in wildlife parks/zoo's
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    We do see them from time to time and if we walk around the garden just as it is getting dark we have seen them actually run away from us, not like a rocket though,,,little legs can still move faster than a snail..that is our Girlze Cat hogging the sun chair..:)

    @Frank can you put the e in hedgehogs for me ,ta.
     
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    mart Hardy Maple

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    Some here do keep them as pets ! Strange little animals !
     
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    Dianne perhaps if you put in some ground cover and hedges
    Here's a video
     
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    We've made a feeding station and some houses to go to but I don't know if they do. They travel a great distances every night.
     



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    DianneWoollie In Flower

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    Thank you @Logan but we have an area.for them.. open compost pile, we have entry into two sides of our Garden where there is no dog types of a hunting nature...we do not have a hog house and we do not put food our either....had thought about it though..with our cats no sure we can.
     
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    Yes you could feed them the cats won't hurt them, I put out dried food that's a puppy food because it's small.but here's another video on how to make a feeding station
     
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    Fun Fact: my late - great BIL who drove a UPS delivery truck for years had the nick name of Hedgehog. When he was a rookie driver
    (you guessed it) he took out someone's hedge. The name stuck. ;)
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    Oh 4-G, that story made me chuckle so hard I got tears in my eyes from laughter. What a great anecdote. Thanks.
     
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    That give us and idea now, thanks @Logan
     
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    Your welcome:)
     
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    This is unlikely to have a happy ending.

    I found a hedgehog stretched out on our small front lawn around 8.00pm last night. It was obviously very poorly. I thought it was dead, but when I gently prodded it, it moved, but didn't have the energy to curl up.
    So I took it into the back garden and put it in a corner of the bed next to the shed. It does make an effort to move about, but has great difficulty in walking.

    This morning I found it in the middle of the back lawn, as it was last night. So I put it back in the corner. I gave it some water and some dried meal worms but it wasn't that interested. It seemed to be having a few spasms. I've moved it again to this afternoon to this position under a rhodo.

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    I gave it more water and more meal worms, I watched from a distance, it have a drink and eat a few meal worms. It's now curled up in a ball but I could see it was breathing steadily.
    It shows no sign of any injury and looks in otherwise good condition. it may have been poisoned, though I can't see how. I've not left anything out that would do it any harm.
    I'm not hopeful that it will still be alive tomorrow.
     
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    Well sadly I dug one up when we first moved here, it still upsets me, as it died soon after.
    Stuff happens unintentionally. I would think most people are aware of the Hedgehogs decline and if we can do a little more care in our Gardens maybe the Hedgehogs can survive.
     
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    Oh dear it could have worms, the only thing is to take to a hedgehog center to be treated.
     
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    Checked first thing this morning and there was no sign of the hedgehog. It obviously had drunk more of the water. Had a good lock round and again this afternoon when I came home from golf. Filled up the water and put out some more mealworms.
     
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    That's great news, perhaps he was just dehighdrated.
     

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