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I've found a hedgehog wondering about, what should I do?

Please follow through the flow of questions asked below to see what you should do.

 

1. Was this during the day or night?

The night = Move on to 2, no issues so far.


The day = This might be an issue, move on to step 2

2. Does the hedgehog look bigger than a tennis ball if it was curled up?

Yes = Move on to 3, no issues so far.


No = This might be an issue, stop here and skip to 8.

3. Does the hedgehog look like it is in pain or injured. For example can you see blood from an injury, something entangled on it, limping, wheezing (making a coughing noise)?

No = Move on to 4, no issues so far.


Yes = This might be an issue, stop here and skip to 8.

4. Is it currently winter?

No = Move on to 5, no issues so far.


Yes = This might be an issue, stop here and skip to 8.

5. Can the hedgehog escape from where you found it. For example if you found the hedgehog in a green area such as your garden, does it have a way to exit that area via a hole larger than 13cm x 13cm in size?

Yes = Move on to 6, no issues so far.


No = This is an issue, but you can fix things here. You really need to give it a way out of this area. If you can make a small 13cm x 13cm hole in your fence or boundary then we are good to move on to 6.


If this is not possible, stop here and skip to 8.

6. Did you find the hedgehog on the road, or in an area where it could be in danger from vehicles?

No = Move on to 7, no issues so far.


Yes = This is an issue, but you can fix things here. You really need to move it away from this area. If you are happy to wait and watch at a distance to make sure it safely moves on, or if you or someone nearby can pick it up (without using your bear hands) and move it to a safe place, but close by (remember it could have hoglets in the area so try not to move it too far) then we are good to move on to 7.


Tip: If you don't have gloves to hand use some paper to wrap around it or a towel of sorts to pick it up and move it.


If this is not possible, stop here and skip to 8.

7. Things are looking good!

It looks like we have nothing to worry about and your hedgehog should be fine to go about their day. However, in all cases where you have concern for a hedgehog regardless of the advice given here the best course of action would be to put the hedgehog inside a box with a towel (and ideally with a heat pad or hot water bottle), using gloves. Then put the box in a warm place that is quiet with a shallow bowl of water. In most cases this will give you a good 12-24hr window for you to take action and get help for the hedgehog.


If you spotted the hog in your garden or at work why not give it a helping hand by placing a bowl of water in the area where you spotted the hog along with some food. You can put out some jelly based dog or cat food, unsalted crushed nuts, Banana Chips, or Hedgehog Muesli and Hedgehog Food (both of which we sell and helps the hedgehogs we look after) they will love you for it!


You might also like to buy one of the hedgehog houses we sell (scroll down to see) which should increase the chances of a hog staying in your area, especially if it's getting close to winter.

8. READ ME NOW - IMPORTANT:

Put the hedgehog inside a box with a towel (and ideally with a heat pad or hot water bottle), using gloves. Then put the box in a warm place that is quiet with a shallow bowl of water. In most cases this will give you a good 12-24hr window for you to take action and get help for the hedgehog.


If you have found a hedgehog that needs help and you are located in the Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire areas of the UK close enough to drive to Harpenden. Please call us on 07999 573513 (10am-10pm any day of the week). Never contact us by email, social message, or any other contact means as we do not monitor them all the time.


Failing that, or if you are not local to us, or do not hear back from us within 30mins (if you left an answer phone message) please contact the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) on 01584 890801. They can give you advice and also put you in contact with a rescue centre local to you.

Other hedgehog rescues

We have recently been seeing exotic hedgehogs rescued from the wild.  These hedgehogs have been bred for the pet market and have either been abandoned or released by their owners into the wild.


If you see a hedgehog that has any combination of the following colours / features you should rescue the hedgehog and contact a local rescue center:

- White or partially white, especially on their underbelly.

- Has very large ears or pink eyes.

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