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Little Daytime Forrager

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    I was looking out of my patio doors this afternoon when I noticed a young hedgehog on the side of my lawn. When I went out to investigate it dived into a border and under some plants. I watched it digging around in the back under the plants and it was clearly eating insects along the way. It also found it’s way to the water bowls I have out and had a good drink. Knowing where the entry point to my garden is I blocked it up to make sure I could safely keep an eye on it. There was a very confused pigeon on my fence trying to work out what it was looking at but it wasn’t in any danger and despite having a good climb to try and get out of the garden it soon visited the feeding box , back to the water before disappearing under a shrub, hopefully for a nice long nap. Having checked my camera trap I found it had already visited the feeding box previously., although it hadn’t previously been spotted on camera (day or night). I do put food somewhere else and have moved the camera trap to see if that’s where it has been feeding. Hopefully now the worst of the fireworks are over I won’t have another siting, but will be keeping a close eye out.

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    Hi IainR

    The little hog should not be out during the daylight and it’s likely it indicates that it has a problem. It would be best if you could get it checked over by a hog carer-rehabilitator.

    You can get the contact details of your nearest hog carers/rehabilitators from BHPS on 01584 890801.

    Good luck. I hope all goes well for the little hog.


    Thanks for the advice Nic. I will try to track the little hog down. Unfortunately hybrid working means I am not always around in daylight hours.


    Good news. I have just tracked down the little hog. I managed to weigh it and it is around 350g. I spoke with a local carer and advised them that I may have disturbed it drilling the fence Sunday and discussed it’s general condition. As it has not been seen out again since it is safely back in the feeding box but I will keep an eye out for it. Hopefully gaining a little more weight as I type.

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    Hi IainR

    Well done weighing the little one. If it keeps coming for food and water it will hopefully put on weight fast. Fingers crossed for it. It may decide not to hibernate, in which case just keep offering supplementary food. Water is best made available all day every day, including winter.

    Good luck to the little hog.

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