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Taking food into house/nest site

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    Hi all, is there any reason a Hedgehog would take food into her house/nest site.
    Captured on video is Muffin carrying a worm into her house. Never seen it before and found it fascinating.

    I always leave a little bit of supplement food out in a feeding station and naturally a nice big bowl of water.
    Last night Muffin was more interested in the beetles, bugs and worms then the food and made many trips into her house.


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    Hi Julie

    That sounds interesting! I haven’t seen a hog doing that before. Do you know if Muffin actually ate the worm in the end? Or might she have thought it was suitable nesting material? Is there a nest in the box? Could she have young ones?

    I wonder whether Muffin has ever had a stay with a carer/rehabilitator? There hogs might have got used to having their food in the same place that they sleep.

    It would be interesting to know if she continues with that sort of behaviour. Look forward to the next instalment!


    Hi Nic.

    I have no idea, when she came back out of her box the worm was gone. No young ones as far as I know.
    One thing I have noticed is she tends to like smaller worms instead of the big ones, she hunts every evening for bugs and worms.

    I haven’t seen her take a worm or any of food back to her nest as of yet. No idea if she has come from a carer/rehabilitator.

    Still can’t believe what I have seen, will be interesting to see what I find when I come to clean out the box next spring.


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