A few years ago, I rescued a hedgehog who got stuck in our fencing. Fast forward to now and “Pog the hog” is a regular visitor to our garden, plus he’s brilliant for our veg patch as he allows us to organically garden thanks to his love for pests. I did, however, trip over him taking the recycling out of the garden to which he snuffled his disgust rather loudly!
So, what do you do if you’ve found a poorly hedgehog?
- Leave them a small shallow bowl of fresh water
- Put some meaty food out for them, such as wet cat food or hedgehog food
- Pick a poorly hedgehog up with gardening gloves
- Place the hedgehog in a box with very high sides and air holes so they can breathe
- Put an old towel or fleece in the bottom so the hedgehog can hide if it desires
- Fill a hot water bottle, wrap it in an old towel and place it in the box
- Ensure the water bottle stays warm
- Give them milk- hedgehogs are lactose intolerant!
- Put them in a small box e.g. shoe box, as they are strong and could push the lid off
- Leave a cold hot water bottle in the box as it can do more harm
- Fail to call an expert. Always get advice on your rescued hedgehog
It is important to call an expert as soon as possible to ask for their advice.
We recommend calling the British Hedgehog Preservation Society as they can find you the most local place to find help for your rescued hedgehog.