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Hi Penny and snufflewoofs
Very sad about the hog, Penny. Unfortunately it stays with you – like the poor chap who got strimmed. Not things that are easily forgotten.
I came across something recently which was talking about how many hedgehogs actually get killed by foxes as well. What with foxes, badgers and humans to cope with, it is a wonder there are still so many hogs around. Sadly, not all hogs who end up dying as a result of human carelessness make it to rescues either. Which reminds me, I wonder whether they will be starting a new petition re. The dreaded trap.
There are quite a few hogs with much paler spines, here too, including one who is pale and slightly gingery. But most of them have dark noses. But these days it is not always easy to tell what colour their spines really are, with the excessive markers at work. One chap, who I know has, normally, quite average coloured spines, has turned up at various times almost covered in dark stuff. But, I have seen a naturally very dark one too, although not here – quite striking, though.
If the hog there is about to produce any minute, snufflewoofs, it might not be so bad, especially if there is a late winter. Not sure they would want to be adding the extra roughly 4 and half weeks gestation period on top of that now, though.
Is Brenda the Boris lookalike, Penny? Sounds a scary hog! She could probably compete with Madge. Here dear old Digger is no longer the biggest looking female. Amazingly, she has been overtaken in size. Sorry, snufflewoofs, talking about all these hogs – must be very bittersweet for you. I know I would be very unhappy if Digger and co. stopped visiting.