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Over heated hedgehog in France

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    Hi everyone, just a wee hedgehog tale to tell you about. We were north of Royal on the west coast of France in late June when on a steaming hot day (the weather had been dry for two weeks) a tiny little hedgehog appeared. The poor little thing was staggering a bit and pausing for breath so I picked it up and brought it over to the motorhome where I gave it some ham and water! We didn’t have anything else to offer until I thought of the frozen mince meat in our freezer! It struggled a bit with the ham after a long drink of water but he/she wolfed the defrosted raw mince meat down then toddled off into the nearest bush, rolled up and went to sleep! Not wanting to disturb it more I left it there for the remainder of the afternoon and of course it had disappeared in the morning.

    Fingers crossed it survived the warm weather and luckily it changed shortly afterwards giving the hedgehogs respite from the heat but it did occur to me how do they manage in hotter drier climates where water is scarce?


    Sorry folks I meant Royan of course!!

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    That’s a lovely story, Judith. Well done for helping the little chap out, sounds like he was in desperate need of a drink and food. I think the answer to how they manage is probably with difficulty. I understand the hogs in France are having a hard time too. I think they are the same species as here (although there may be a different species in the far south), so would need to have water. I don’t know whether they have the same sort of network of people leaving water, etc. out for them as here.

    The ones that live in Africa, for instance, are a different species, so probably have adapted to need less water.


    Well done Judith. Fingers crossed that it will recover well and that the drink of water will of made a difference.

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