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As DP went to golf yesterday morning he saw a baby hedgehog in the front garden. It didn't look injured but obviously shouldn't have been there. We decided to leave it for half an hour to see if it wandered off but no such luck so I googled Hedgehog rescue. After multiple phone calls I was astounded to find that there was actually a hedgehog rescue in Twickenham on my doorstep nearly! I had to pick it up and put it in a box and she came within an hour and took the poor little fella away. Phoned me later to say that no obvious damage but obviously not well - white gums and glazed eyes. She thinks he's eaten something probably a slug pellet. Waiting to hear if I can have him back!
I think there's something very appealing about hedgehogs and it's very exciting to hear a rustling noise in the garden in the evening.... How lucky for you Dancer that you had a rescue place nearby. I'm sure you'll be able to have it back in your garden when it has recovered.
Fingers crossed your little hog pulls through Dancer. I have one that regularly bumbles round the kitchen and sitting room during the summer (the French window is open at night). Noisy buggers aren't they?XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
"Fingers crossed your little hog pulls through Dancer. I have one that regularly bumbles round the kitchen and sitting room during the summer (the French window is open at night). Noisy buggers aren't they?XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX"Blimey Squeaks, I'd no idea they would come into the house. I am so disappointed that in the 15 years we've been here I've never seen one in the garden and I think it's because we've made the garden rabbit proof and they can't get in either. Either that or it's because we don't have a very good environment for them because we don't have slugs here (too dry) and I'm not sure they would be up to getting the snails out of their shells? Anyone know if they can get snails out of their shells?Hope you get your little fellow back Dancer.Honey :-x
Well they come into my place Honey, mostly to finish off the cat's food. And leave me the odd little 'gift'. Somewhere I have a photo of my cat Toots sitting next to one, looking slightly bemused at her nosh being pinched. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Haven't seen or heard one in our garden this year but I know they're around because of the poo!
Sorry, but you won't get your baby back !We have " saved " many over the years here and our local rescue centre would never allow any of them back. They are totally ostracised and attacked if returned.Well done you for bothering - hope you left a donation or cans of cat food to help the centre.
but I was surprised when she said she'd bring him back. And yes I did think to offer a donation.
Haven't seen very many in 19 years at this house but have left a wild place at the bottom of the garden where I think there may be one or two living. Gosh, you are brave Squeaks leaving your french window open at night. Everything is bolted and barred here - doors locked during the day.
We used to have a family of them in the garden but they eventually just disappeared . Not so many around now are there?
This is exactly my experience Susan. I used to have lots of them rattling around in the garden and now just the odd one, despite my place being a jungle and full of nesting places. The garden next door is a wildlife haven and the abandoned orchard next to them even better. Never find a dead body.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Master Cookie called the hedgehog which frequented our garden regulary Diedre (after the Corrie character).We bought her hedgehog food called Spikes Dinner, which she wouldn't eat but the starlings, magpies and jackdaws did.Instead Diedre ate the birds nuts!!!For those of you who didn't know, please don't feed our spikey friends with bread and milk, it makes them ill.Instead, tinned dog food and special hedgehog food is the very best.BTW Hedgehogs which are taken to St. Tiggywinkles, are not returned to the people who rescue them but are let out where they really belong, in the wild unless they are too ill or cannot fend for themselves, sorry to echo the bad news.
Good lord - she didn't wear glasses did she?I did voluntary work at weekends for Les and Sue Stocker CC. Despite the twee name it is incredibly professional isn't it? There's nothing they don't know about wildlife. And after all these years they're still passionate about the place.A cruel coincidence...my real name is Deirdre. Blast.XXXXXXXXXXXX
I'm sorry Lemonsqueaky, didn't know your name was Diedre, but Diedre the hedgehog was beautiful and she was quite a character.I love watching the valuable work that St Tiggwinkles do, the staff are so dedicated. It is amazing what they can do.To think it all started off in a back garden if my little grey cells recall properly.
isn't Tiggywinkles but an independent hedgehog rescue - latest news is that the little fella is doing OK so probably not slug pellet poisoning - latest diagnosis is that he might have had a bump on the head! he's still twitching occasionally.
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