Dangers with moving hedgehog from the garden

Please think before taking a hedgehog away from your garden as the following scenario will show the pitfalls.

On the forenoon of the 16th a hedgehog was found by the owners dog in their garden so the owners then decided to take it to a safer location away from the dog. They took it to a field nearby and left it there.

A few hours later the dog was seen with a baby hedgehog and when the owner searched in the shrubs they came across a nest with another 3 in it. They moved the nest with the 4 little ones into a pail and put it out of reach of the dog and went to look for the mother. Of course the mother was not found so they then phoned for advice on what to do next.

The only advice that could be given due to the moving of the nest and the mother was to get them to a rescue centre as soon as possible.

They eventually arrived with us early evening and were weighed on arrival at 27, 41, 44 and 49grams with eyes closed and only about a week old. On examination there was no visible injury to any of them. They are now in an electric propagator and being fed goats milk and so far are doing well.

Number 1 showing off its six pack

Number 1 showing off its six pack

Number 4 trying to curl up

Number 4 trying to curl up

                 
All four in propagator

All four in propagator

 The moral of this is do not remove a hedgehog from your garden without searching for a nest otherwise someone then has to care for the little ones.

Hedgehogs are getting scarce in this area and we all have to do our best to preserve the ones we have.

The people involved done the right things once they realised the situation and I am sure that they will pass the message around so that others do not make the same mistake. I did not think that there were any hedgehogs left at that location as there is badger setts all around there now and that was why we would not release any there for the last five years.

 
 
 

Messy eaters

Messy eaters

 

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