Tel: 0771 1883072
 Tel: 0771 1883072

HEDGEHOGS - help I've found a baby hedgehog 

QUESTION: There's a baby hedgehog on my lawn in daytime, is this ok?

ANSWER:  the baby has probably lost its mum, or just left its mum and is struggling. It will need help, especially if seen in Autumn as small, light hedgehogs won't make the weight needed for hibernation. 

 

VERY YOUNG BABY HEDGEHOGS make a shrill pipping noise when distressed, rather like a bird. 

 

If mum has been killed, the tiny, hungry hedgehogs may leave their nest trying to find her and will make this noise. 

 

If you find one, please look around for others. 

A baby hedgehog with his eyes still closed

 

DO'S AND DONT'S AFTER FINDING A BABY HEDGEHOG: 

 

 

1.  DO keep the baby (ies) warm.  A hot water bottle wrapped in a pillow case, or even a plastic pop bottle filled with warm water.  If the baby goes cold it may die. 

 

2.  DO ring a Wildlife Rescue immediately. There is plenty of help on social media, The British Hedgehog Preservation Society and on www.helpwildlife.co.uk

 

3.  DO look around for other babies, there could be three or four more.

 

1.  DONT - give the baby hedgehog cows milk, worms or slugs.  Baby hedgehogs need specialist formula such as Royal Canin puppy milk or ESBILAC.

 

2.  DONT - try and hand rear the baby yourself.  They are fragile little creatures and feeding them incorrectly or too fast can lead to inhalation pneumonia and bloat. Do the right thing and hand them to a hedgehog carer.

 

 

3. DONT put the baby hedgehog into a box and leave it in your garage.  It is cold in a garage and baby hedgehogs cannot maintain their own body heat. 

 

4. DONT spray the baby hedgehog with dog flea spray or powder.  Doing so could be fatal.  Hedgehog fleas are host specific and will not leap onto you, your cat or your dog.

www.britishhedgehogs.co.uk

FURTHER HEDGEHOG HELP

 

Please contact the BRITISH HEDGEHOG PRESERVATION SOCIETY on

 

01584 890801

 

who keep a data base of hedgehog carers in your area.

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HEDGEHOG EXPERTS WITH MANY YEARS' EXPERIENCE , EACH WITH WEBSITES CONTAINING LOTS OF USEFUL INFORMATION:

 

The Vale Wildlife Hospital, or 

 

Hedgehog Bottom (Hedgehog Rescue)

http://www.hedgehog-rescue.org.uk/

 

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There is also a great website which lists Rescues by Area:-

 

www.helpwildlife.co.uk

 

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or

 

the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999

 

or

 

your local Vet

 

 

www.valewildlife.org.uk
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The Wildlife Orphanage, located off the A19 between Selby and York, is a small wildlife rescue specialising in the care of young wild animals and birds.

APRIL 2017 

On the 1st April, a female hedgehog was admitted with lacerations and a broken leg. These were caused by a dog attack. The leg had to be amputated 

THE WILDLIFE ORPHANAGE. A LOOK BACK AT 2016

October News

HEDGEHOGS, THE AUTUMN JUVENILES FLOOD IN!

Baby Pixie arrived weighing only 100g and has numerous problems
Pixie has to have Imaverol baths to clear his skin
Pixie is suffering from mites & ringworm and is in a bad way for such a tiny hedgehog

The Wildlife Orphanage has had an influx of small hedgehogs over the last few weeks.  These are the Autumn Juveniles, born late in the year.  They are often seen out in daytime and looking a bit wobbly.  Please act quickly if you see one as they go downhill rapidly. 

 

With winter just around the corner, these little hogs will be just too light for hibernation.  They need to put on lots of weight to see them through the winter.

 

If you see a tiny hedgehog roaming about, often in daylight,

Please ring 0771 1883072 for advice.