|Hedgehog, photo by Peter Mallett|
Any hog under 600g will not make it through the winter – they are too small to hibernate, so will starve or freeze. Little ones, roughly the size of a tennis ball or just bigger are especially vulnerable. Here is what to do:
- Put the hedgehog in a high sided box or small animal carrier
- Give it a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel – if you don’t have a hot water bottle, then a plastic milk bottle or glass bottle filled with warm water is fine; if you don’t have an old towel, newspaper will do! Direct heat is essential to stop hypothermia – a warm room is not enough. Make sure there is space for it to get off the bottle if needed and keep the bottle warm – don’t let it go cold.
- Offer a small amount of meaty (not fishy) cat or dog food and fresh water.
- Keep the box somewhere warm and quiet – NOT a garage or cold shed.
- Ring for help or take the hog to the nearest animal sanctuary for help. Vets are often not able to offer the care that little hogs need, so an animal sanctuary is much better.
|Hedgehog baby being weighed, photo by Elizabeth Dack|
Ring us on 01603 598333 for local contacts or get in touch with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.