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Little ones out in the daytime

Home Forums Carers / rescuing a hedgehog Little ones out in the daytime

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    We had an adult visit in the day not looking great but never saw them again. 4 days later we had two little ones out in the middle of the day in our garden. Seemed lively enough but they revisited every day, no sign of the adult, so took advice and took them to our local wildlife hospital. They were healthy but under 150g each and very young. Our assumption is Mum died sadly. Anyway we get them back in 3-4 weeks apparently when they have been fattened up. I am still not sure if we should have interfered but daily middle of the day visits isn’t normal and they were tiny.


    You did absolutely the right thing they would have died. Well done
    Mum may have died or abandoned them as winter is approaching and she needs to put on hibernation fat

    BHPS guidance for Captive hedgehogs being released at this time of year is that they should weigh over 600gms and should only be released when night time temps are over 5deg for the next few days. I would advise making sure food is available after they are released as these wouldn’t have had time with mum to learn

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