Sunday, 1 December 2013

Houdini The Hedgehog.....

Nothing about the allotment today as I have been very lazy over it of late and a real wimp about the cold so I haven't done any work of late although I may go and do a bit today as the weather is quite mild and there is  little wind so it would be a good opportunity to get a little more clearing done though I can't see me getting much if any digging done.

But I digress from the reason for my post. I think I should just change my title to 'The Hedgehog Rescuer' Yes you guessed it, I found another hedgehog although I can't solely take the credit for this one as it was actually Trojan who found it in the street and nearly had a heart attack when it moved...bless him!!

Anyway, I was concerned because of the time of year so scooped it up and got in touch with the R.S.P.C.A. According to them it was a little underweight and so they asked if I could keep it until they could come and pick it up...not a problem I said. I made him a lovely little home in the cat box with a towel and newspaper and gave him some cat food and water. All sorted...Did have a little issue with our cat Alfie who although will NEVER get in the box when he needs to visit the vets was adamant he was going to curl up with the hedgehog. After finely shutting him in the house securely I got the hedgehog settled in his little secure home where he would be safe until the R.S.P.C.A. could pick him up!!

This is my cat carrier...nice and secure!!
This is my cat carrier...nice and secure!!

So above is a cat carrier identical to the one I have...all clasps were secured and a nice little safe and cosy home was made...or so I thought!!!

This is where Houdini gets his name. The R.S.P.C.A. came this morning after giving me a ring to make sure it was convenient and turned up ready with their transportation box to take 'Houdini' to the wildlife hospital. We unfastened All the clasps and started moving the paper out the way...then we moved the food bowl...then we carefully moved the towel...and checked...and checked again...you guessed it...no hedgehog!!

Now how he got out of the box we have no idea...the door wasn't chewed or anything and the box was sat on top of my chest freezer out the way of Alfie...the only thing we could do was search...and search we did in all the nooks and crannies and in the shoes and corners but found nothing. I had a little panic moment wondering if he could have got out the cat flap...we really weren't sure but then I thought of something else!!!

The back of the chest freezer has an open cavity where all the elements are and sure enough that is where we found Houdini looking very smug and lively!!

So we had to pull all of the freezer out and then lift it to get a hold of him but eventually got him into the box safely. Even now we still don't know how he managed it and the guy from the R.S.P.C.A. did say he hoped the cardboard carrier would hold him until they got to the wildlife hospital!!

Of course with everything pulled out in the conservatory I figured I may as well scrub the floors..not really my plan for a Sunday morning but it will save me a job tomorrow!!

So there you have my exciting Sunday morning...and all before 9am!!!
It's 1st December today and lots of people are talking about decorating...we won't be doing that for a while...I wonder what Trojan will think to the tree??

I realise today how little I have posted this year but I am hoping to be more on top of things next year and get up to speed again with a little more regularity not just of writing my blog but keeping up to speed with what everyone else is doing too!!

There are a couple more things for me to share with you this week though so expect me back soon.

Well hope you all enjoy your Sunday!!
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8 comments:

  1. sounds like a very intelligent hedgehog. At least you did finally find him.

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    1. It was touch and go for a while Ann!!

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  2. I had to smile when you mentioned the newspaper as I had a mental picture of him sitting up reading it. Do you think someone took him out and forgot to put him back? I bet it was so embarrassing when the guy turned up and there was no hedgehog.

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    1. Lol on the newspaper reading Sue. I know that no-one got him out as I checked on him after everyone had gone to bed and then the R.S.P.C.A. turned up by 8am. I was apologizing profusely to the guy and telling him that I wasn't nuts and I really did rescue a hedgehog!!

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  3. Glad that everything ended well and you found Houdini! Hope you're putting your feet up after all that excitement. Have a good week!

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    1. No such luck on putting my feet up Linda...after his little run around I had a fair bit of cleaning to do...who knew that hedgehogs 'pooped' so much!!

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  4. Awwww, glad that Houdini got a helping hand to help him survive winter. It's good to know that the RSPCA will help with hedgehogs too. I found one at the allotment but it was dead, poor thing. We haven't done any Christmas decorating yet, perhaps next week.

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    1. This is the second time they have collected a hedgehog from me Jo, it's nice to know that they like to help the wildlife so much. Shame about the one you found at the allotment as they are so good for the gardens. Don't worry about the decorating....it's ages until christmas yet!!

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