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3 legged hedgehog

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    Around 2 weeks ago our wildlife cam picked up a hedgehog in our feeding box, with a rear leg missing. It is a small (possibly this years) hedgehog, at this time the amputation seemed quite new, and its sheared at the body.
    The hedgehog came again last night, moving quite quick even with his awkward gait. He ate for over half and hour, breaking for drinks. He returned a couple of hours later for food.
    Should we leave him to it, or should we try and catch him? What are our options if we do? Thanks

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    Hi Jammiedodger

    You really need to get the hog checked out. It might need treating. There is a possibility that it’s already had treatment, but it won’t hurt to check. But there are some hogs who have had amputations living in the wild, so it won’t necessarily mean bad news for the hog – depends on the nature of the original injury.

    If you’re going to catch him, I would have a container (high sided box or pet carrier) ready to put him in. I usually line the bottom with newspaper (they tend to spill water) and then either a small towel he can burrow under or some torn up strips of newspaper, for burrowing under. Don’t forget to provide food and water.

    You can get contact details of your nearest carer from BHPS on 01584 890801

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