Edinburgh – The heavyweight Hedgehog is now slimming

The heavyweight hedgehog that was brought in from the Edinburgh area last November at 415 grams and would gorge itself on dried mealworms and cat biscuits is now showing progress with her diet.
From 2.3k on the 8th May it was 2183g on the 20th June and down to 2079g on the 10th July and still sticking to her diet.
Weighed again on the 2nd September she is now down to 1441g but still does not roll into a really tight ball. Now that the weather is starting to change it looks like she will spend another Christmas with us where she will be safe to hibernate with food always available when she wakes up.
Normally I would like to see hedgehogs weighing at least 650g by the end of September to give them a chance of survival when they hibernate. Any less than that weight and I would keep them with us untill the spring to at least give them a fighting chance to cope with the following year.
Hedgehogs are very scarce this year and there has been a downward trend over the last few years so they need all the help they can get if there is to be any around in a few years time. We keep saying that this will be the last year for taking them in but how can you say no when someone appears at the door with a cardboard box and a sickly hoglet, juvenile or adult hedgehog in it. Without the public that finds these poor hedgehogs and stops to pick them up there would be a lot less in the countryside so we have to do our bit to help.

Edinburgh weigh-in on 10/07/2013 at 2079grams

Edinburgh weigh-in on 10/07/2013 at 2079grams

Edinburgh's diet is working - now 1441grams on 02/09/2013

Edinburgh's diet is working - now 1441grams on 02/09/2013

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