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Home Forums Hedgehog tales Shock in the night with Hedgehog and Badger (hedgie okay) Reply To: Shock in the night with Hedgehog and Badger (hedgie okay)


I have had a badger visiting my hedgehog feeders . Last night he arrived at the same time as one of my smaller hogs. He just pulled him aside and proceeded to try and get in the feeder which is alarmed. The high pitched screech of the alarm did the trick, though he did have one more try with the same result.
The hedgehog was obviously pretty frightened, probably more by the alarm than the badger, though he wasn’t fully curled up. After a few minutes he started to creep away, and then, much to my surprise stopped to anoint himself. This surprised me as I would have expected him to get as far away as possible, as quickly as possible . Do you think that the anointing was a reaction to the badger scare? And this is the fifth visit of the badger without , as far as I can tell ,any predation of my hedgehog group. They have ample cover close by, but this time one was in touching distance, and was unharmed, in fact ignored to my intense relief. After reading the dreadful experiences of others in this group I feared the worst . What do you think going on Nic , is there any explanation for this behaviour.
Many thanks,
Ray Godwin