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Baby hedgehog

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TheMonkeyMummy Wed 13-Jun-18 18:07:58

There's been a hedgehog living on our terrace for a few months. This afternoon it appeared with a baby hedgehog! The adult has gone for a walk and now it has been squeaking for nearly an hour. (It's partially protected and not too far from it's nest).

I hope the kids haven't scared the adult away and it's just getting dinner... it's so cute! I can't be bothered to cook food, I just want to watch it (from a distance)

Sirzy Wed 13-Jun-18 18:09:26

If a hedgehog is out during the day then they aren’t safe, can you find the details of your local hedgehog reduce to get advice?

userxx Wed 13-Jun-18 18:15:34

That's not a good sign at all. Baby and mum should be tucked up in the nest until it's dusky. Are there more babies? If you know where the best is can you hear squeaking coming from it? As suggested, please ring your local hedgehog place ASAP.

userxx Wed 13-Jun-18 18:17:43

Nest, not best!

TheMonkeyMummy Wed 13-Jun-18 18:29:07

Oh no! Will get searching. Can't hear any squeaking from
Nest, do they usually have multiple babies?

GlitteryFluff Wed 13-Jun-18 18:31:01

Goodness that hedgehog is adorable.
Hope you manage to get it some help.

userxx Wed 13-Jun-18 19:00:33

Usually multiple. It's way too small to be out on it's own. Any sign of mum?

TheMonkeyMummy Wed 13-Jun-18 19:38:17

Not yet. I don't live in the UK and I have asked a few locals about hedgehog specialists but they looked at me vacantly...

Have gone to my gym class, DH will check from window. If no sign when I get back will call emergency vet for advice

TheMonkeyMummy Wed 13-Jun-18 19:38:54

Little cutie

Awwlookatmybabyspider Wed 13-Jun-18 19:47:41

He's adorable. I think ive might have something in my eye.
Sadly though I fear he could be sick. The poor little poppet. I'm only basing that on the fact that mummy has left. Mummy animals often do reject their babies when theyre sick.
I echo pps adevice on calling a hedgehog centre.

userxx Wed 13-Jun-18 19:51:13

Oh god this is going to give me nightmares tonight 😞. Do you have any wet cat food you could give him? It can't be fish based or gravy based, needs to be meat in jelly, try and give him some water too. If he's less than 5 weeks old he's probably still feeding from mum which doesn't stack up well for him. Mum might have abandoned him is she's unwell, it's usually unwell hedgehogs that are out in the daytime.

Good luck 🤞

Caravansandfestivals Wed 13-Jun-18 20:00:41

Usually it is only poorly hogs that are out at daytime but during June, it is more usual to see mums on the search for more food. Perhaps put out some cat food as pp suggests? Also though you're not in the uk, have a look at the hedgehog helpline website. Loads of useful information there and people you could speak to for advice? All the best!

Judashascomeintosomemoney Wed 13-Jun-18 20:05:45

Might not be cause for panic yet, OP isn’t in the UK.....where are you OP? If you’re in eg Europe is it possible it’s close enough to dusk for them to be out? If you’re in eg New Zealand is it possible they just haven’t gone to bed yet? Also, difficult to tell size wise how old that hoglet is. It could be eight weeks and feeding itself, it would have slowed down and tried to look as insignificant as possible whilst you were up close to it taking pictures. If none of the above apply, you probably need to act fast if you want to help it. Unless you’re in North Africa (where different schools apply grin), you can probably get very good care info from www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk
Good luck!

Judashascomeintosomemoney Wed 13-Jun-18 20:06:03

Schools? Rules!

TheMonkeyMummy Wed 13-Jun-18 22:57:35

Am in Europe, and it's still there. Am debating putting it in a box with food for warmth

wormery Wed 13-Jun-18 23:02:05

If mum's not back I would put it in a box with some blanket and some cat food, keep it warm.

TheMonkeyMummy Wed 13-Jun-18 23:12:48

Right, put some dried grass and several large flannels around it to keep it warm. It has huddled up straight away. The pot it is in, is like a box turned on it's side, if that makes sense, so it is contained, but if the mum does come back then she can easily find it.

Have put crushed up biscuits close to it (hope it won't bring an other animals that way!) and will also put some next to the nest to see if mum eats.

And I hope it will survive. Might not sleep

userxx Wed 13-Jun-18 23:22:29

Don't forget water, they drink loads of it. I don't think mum will be coming back 😞. I really hope I'm wrong. Google hedgehog rescues in your area, there must be one somewhere.

itsBritneyBeach Thu 14-Jun-18 01:09:40

Oh that baby hedgehog is adorable! I hope mummy hedgehog returns.
I agree with PP in that lots of water is needed, hogs can get thirsty smile

TheMonkeyMummy Thu 14-Jun-18 04:28:01

Just checked, none of the food has been touched but the baby has gone! Hope mum came to take it

userxx Thu 14-Jun-18 08:18:27

Keep your eyes open this next few days, if mums back they will be in the nest so you will probably see them again. I'd put some wet cat food out anyway just in case. If you see him again on his own, get him in a box and get to a wildlife rescue place. So hope mum came back!

TheMonkeyMummy Sun 01-Jul-18 21:18:06

Look who is back and much bigger!
(Please ignore the Binbag, we had a party and the rubbish is all waiting to be cleared)

itsBritneyBeach Sun 01-Jul-18 21:33:08

Awwww!! So glad he's still up and about grin

TheMonkeyMummy Sun 01-Jul-18 21:40:46

Me too!!!! 🦔

EnthusiasmIsDisturbed Sun 01-Jul-18 21:53:06

Aww how lovely

Love hedgehogs we had a family living under our shed for a few years they used to wait around to be fed grin

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