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Found A Hedgehog?

Not sure whether it needs to be rescued or if it should be left alone?

Check out our simple pointers below to identify what you should do...

Leave hedgehog alone if they are: 

  • Healthy hogs that are moving about well. Sometimes they may wander around during typical hibernation periods - but don't be alarmed unless the hog is underweight. 

  • Adult females out in daylight in the summer, as they could be nursing mothers. 

  • Healthy hogs found at night - if in immediate danger, move to a nearby safe location and leave alone. 

Rescue hedgehog if they are: 

  • Hoglets found out of the nest in the daytime or if the mother has been injured or killed. 

  • Injured hogs. 

  • Hogs that are thin, dehydrated, breathing oddly, wobbly on their feet etc. 

  • Hoglets born in late autumn time.

If you have found a hedgehog and you are concerned about it, you can do the following:

  1. Use gardening gloves to pick it up. 

  2. Bring it indoors and put it in a high-sided box, with an old towel in the bottom for the hedgehog to hide under. 

  3. Fill a hot water bottle and place that in the bottom of the box with the hedgehog, so that when it is wrapped in a towel there is a nice gentle heat coming through. Don't forget to leave plenty of room for the hog to move off the bottle when it is too warm, and don't let the bottle go cold as it will chill the hedgehog. 

  4. Put the box somewhere quiet. 

  5. Offer meaty cat or dog food and fresh water. 

  6. Call your local hedgehog rescue or call us on 07706656109 if you are local to the Gloucestershire area.