I popped round to the allotment on Saturday during a brief ease in the rainfall and whilst having a looksy found in my allotment neighbours little pond a Hedgehog.
On closer inspection and to my amazement I could see that it was still breathing so with some quick rallying I got some gloves whilst my friend Juliette grabbed a towel and we rescued him from his cold watery bed.
When I pulled him out he was very shivery with rapid breathing and had lots of route matter from the water wrapped around his back legs. I removed that weeds and then we wrapped him in a towel and pondered the next course of action.
Luckily Juliette has friend 'Kate' who works for the R.S.P.C.A. and a quick phone-call to her gave us the direction we needed. Put the hedgehog in a box with a hot water bottle and give him some cat meat, Kate also asked how much he weighed and if he was going into a ball. The answer to the first question was remedied by putting the hedgehog on the scales in the allotment shop. The answer to the second question was 'No'. That been said Kate said she would collect him from me later as he would need the hospital to get well if he wasn't curling up tight.
So I dutifully followed all the instructions at home and got him settled into a box on a hot water bottle. He was breathing quickly and was quite sneezy but didn't seem interested in the food. I put his box upstairs out the way of the inquisitive Trojan and kept my fingers crossed.
An hour later the hedgehog hadn't moved but seemed to be sleeping peacefully.
Two hours after that when I went to check on him again........he had obviously warmed up and was having a merry old time in the box. I don't know if he had eaten any of the cat meat but he had certainly been in it and had been scrabbling at the towel too. This was looking a lot more optimistic.
When Kate came to pick him up he was till awake and quite lively and curled into a tight ball when she picked him up. I told her that he had been a bit sneezy and she said that he may have lung-worm but she was optimistic for a full recovery and said when he was 100% she would bring him back for me to release back on the allotments.
|Here is the hedgehog roaming around once he had warmed up|
|Snuggling in the box.|
|Having a bit of a wander around.|