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Home Forums Hedgehog signs and sightings Just found family in our back garden Reply To: Just found family in our back garden


It is very unlikely to have been a cat – cats on the whole know better than to be prickled. It’s more likely to have been a human ( garden fork/implement ), dog or fox. Without seeing the injury it’s not possible to tell.
I would check out the others however.
Hogs are very adept at hiding injuries – I have just got one in that has a pitchfork hole at least 1.5 inches deep – yet he was still coming out at night as normal. Fortunately his ‘owner’ recognised that something wasn’t quite quite right before this became so serious we’d have pts.
In this weather any injuries are at serious risk of fly strike – which is deadly if not caught before the maggots enter the body and is a truly nasty way for any animal to die.
The hogs won’t appreciate being caught and checked over but if you get a carer to do it, it will all be over and done with in a matter of minutes and the hogs can resume normal behaviour.
My advice to anyone – especially in this hot weather is if you’re not totally sure get it checked – it hurts no-one and could save a life