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Home Forums Hedgehog signs and sightings What are the marks? Reply To: What are the marks?

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If rescues are marking hoglets with that amount of substance, then I think that is irresponsible. Not only does it serve little purpose when other people are marking as well, anyway (so it doesn’t provide any proof) but it doesn’t follow BHPS’s advice, which is:
{“We’re pretty sure a hedgehog would rather not be marked, but if you are going to do it, please do ensure that you use a non-toxic water-based marker and mark just a few spines of the hedgehog. …”}
Marking a few spines would serve the purpose just as well. In one place for males and another for females, although I would think it would be better if it was a few spines on top of the hog so that it was less likely in ingest any substance.
If the marks are still persisting, since June, it seems unlikely that water based substance was used (which, if marking is done at all, it should be).

Again, the question arises – whose benefit is it for, humans or hogs?