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Home Forums Hedgehog tales Problem with fox Reply To: Problem with fox

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Hi Pollysmum

I don’t actually have foxes here, but apparently foxes will sometimes kill hedgehogs, although, I believe one tactic is to wait until they unroll and then pounce.

But hedgehogs need to be checked over after dog attacks because they usually have puncture wounds, if nothing worse. Any wound can quickly become infected. I would think it’s quite possible that a fox could try to attack a hog and likewise cause a puncture wound. Puncture wounds are really difficult to see amongst all those prickles and quite likely no blood.

I would contact your local hedgehog carer/rehabilitator (you can get contact details of your nearest one from BHPS on 01584 890801) explain the situation to them and take their advice. Especially if you see the hog again and it is limping.

You might need to have a box ready to put the hog into if you need to catch it. High sided boxes are best, as hogs are very good at escaping. Use either an old towel, or some torn up newspaper which the hog can bury under. Provide some food cat/dog/hedgehog food and some water. I usually line any box with newspaper – they are very good at spilling the water!

Someone from the hog rescue may be able to collect the hog from you, if you aren’t able to take it in.

Good luck. Hope the hog is o.k.