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That is so sad as it makes me think about a recent situation we had.
On May 20 I caught footage of an injured hedgehog on our night camera. He was dragging his back leg. I managed to stay up till midnight the next evening, but there was no sign of him. Footage showed that he went into our hedgehog house and we got him in the morning and took him to our lovely local vet. He had to have his back leg amputated. After many calls we were advised that the modern way of thinking was to release amputees back in the wild so they could breed.
We followed the instructions we were given and put him back into the hedgehog house at dusk. At 1am he tentatively came out of the box and hobbled off. We have not seen him since and I am gutted that he may not have survived and shouldn’t have been put back in the wild. Your story has made me think the worst even though the local rescue centre said we did the right thing. Does anyone have evidence that 3 legged hedgehogs can make it in the wild?