A couple of months ago the hedgehog population, not being able to predict this December warmth, settled down for the Big Sleep. There was one little hedgehog, weighing in at under 400g, that did not have the resources to last such a lengthy snooze.
We invited him in. He developed a cough. He visited the vet – worming and antibiotics. Then he became fixated on mealworms, rejecting all other food. Weight went down – then he worked out what was good for himself.
Today – 901g – he is now on a diet!
and moving out of the guest room. (The red spikes are nail varnish we put on to identify him when we initially let him back out only to find he was not able to put on enough weight)