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Home Forums Hedgehog signs and sightings Does anyone have any ADULT hogs visiting which are not hibernating? Reply To: Does anyone have any ADULT hogs visiting which are not hibernating?

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Hi Willpar, Hoglet and Igel

Thanks for your replies. I really meant adult hogs which had not hibernated at all, Igel, as opposed to those which may have emerged briefly, or those which have come out of hibernation early. Sorry I didn’t make myself clearer.

It seems that most hogs that do not hibernate at all are hoglets. Although it may be that they are just the ones which are mentioned more often. (which is what I would like to try to fnd out). But it isn’t only hoglets which may not lay down enough fat for hibernation. Sometimes the adults don’t either, only it’s probably less noticeable that they aren’t heavy enough (for their size). But it’s possible it’s those (that hadn’t got sufficient fat) which are coming out of hibernation early – and lucky that they have found someone to feed them. If we disregard hazards caused by humans, hibernation is one of the most dangerous times of a hog’s life. Some just may not wake up at all if they don’t have enough of the correct type of fat to wake themselves up.

The hog here who hasn’t hibernated is an adult and this is the second year she hasn’t hibernated. But what I am wondering, is whether she is an exception.

Good luck with all the rescues, hope they all do well.