Hedgehog Rescue

After advice from a local woman who rescues, treats, cares for and has a safe release plan for hedgehogs I set my “trap” in the hope that the hedgehog that visited yesterday to drink its fill would return.

My “trap” was more water in a low terracotta saucer next to Jazz’s water bowl but also a dish with tinned cat food in it. I found a deep, plastic bucket and positioned it with my thick gardening gloves near the door. I sat near the sliding door and waited. It was a frosty morning and it was still chilly. But at lunch time who should I spy but my wee visitor drinking away at the terracotta saucer.

I snuck out the door and donned the gloves, picked up the bucket and quietly approached the wee critter. I popped it into the bucket and put some food in with it.

It wolfed that down and came back for large seconds and thirds. Once I had secured the bucket so it would not fall over if wriggling and squirming happened I went indoors and rang the Rescue woman, Jacqui (see her comments on yesterday’s blog post here).

Jacqui was thrilled to learn that the “hog” had come back and was safely captured. She kindly drove over to check it out and declared it to have mange. She took it home and has begun to treat the mange by applying large amounts of cooking oil to soften the crusted skin that is caused by the mites and to drown the mites. Tomorrow she will use a flea treatment on the “hog”.

She will monitor progress and keep the little one until spring. If it is well enough and strong enough then it will be released on a very safe property in Te Hero (a rural area north of my home.) This is a much safer and suitable home compared with our garden which is alongside a very busy street.
Once the sex of this hedgehog is known I get to name it. I’ll let you know!


34 thoughts on “Hedgehog Rescue

  1. valeriedavies

    Wonderful… I am a hedgehog rescuer too… so glad to know that there are others who care about them instead of seeing them as pests – what a little darling !!!!

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Great news. There seems to be quite a network of hedgehog rescuers and carers around New Zealand. No animal deserves to suffer so I am glad I have learnt about hedgehogs out in the daytime being in need of care.

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Once full of cat food the wee creature did struggle to get out of the bucket. Hedgehogs are good climbers evidently. Slippery plastic saved the day. Sadly there will be quill loss due to the mange so treating them takes months and the carer stops them hibernating as they would chill down too much and die. The carer is doing amazing work, mostly funded from her own resources.

  2. Forest So Green

    That’s wonderful that there is a person close by to treat the animal. I can’t wait to see what you will name him or her.

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Hi Leanne. Thanks. The hedgehog rescuer thought my photo was of a kiwi when she first looked at it….now that would have been something. The trapping was very easy really. Great to know there are rescuers out there willing to do the hard work to bring the hogs back to full health and a good shot at life. I wonder if the drought has caused more hog health issues this year?

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Thanks Linda for stopping by and leaving a comment. I am delighted to know that there are people out there willing to look after sick hedgehogs.

      1. Jo Woolf

        That’s good news! Yes, we do have hedgehog rescue but I’m not sure where the nearest centre would be. There is a British Hedgehog Preservation Society who are very active about promoting the welfare of these lovely little creatures! I am sure there are some roaming around our garden at night quite regularly.

      2. ordinarygood Post author

        Our carers seem to be individuals rather than a group as far as I know. Hedgehogs do eat wetas and skinks which is not good news for those wee critters and both are decreasing in number. BUT hedgehogs do eat plenty of slugs and snails. I like to hear them snuffle about on a summer’s evening.

  3. melanietoulouse

    sooo cute… 🙂 We’ve had 2 in our backyard, coming and going, they love our tomcat’s dry food! 🙂 Glad to have come across your super-blog via tilopa-2… My very best, have a great week and good luck in all your endeavours! Cheers, Mélanie from Toulouse, France, “old Europe”… 🙂

  4. Juliet

    What an excellent outcome to your post Lynley. I hope the little hedgehog will thrive now that s/he is in such good hands. What dedicated work on the part of the carer.

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      1. ordinarygood Post author

        Wandering in winter is not always a good idea for humans here either. Hedgehogs should be hibernating. If they are found wandering in winter then they are generally unwell and usually with mange. Isra had mange but is looking on the track for release very soon:-)

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