With the national hedgehog population declining we have worked on ways to help it out at Gribin Isaf. Feeding of course, but also caring for the late-born youngsters who have not put down sufficient fat to survive a winter hibernation.
After various ad hoc arrangements in the past, last Autumn we insulated a shed, put in tube heaters and successfully brought seven individuals through the winter for a Spring release.
The drought conditions this summer have made things very hard for hedgehogs. The hard dry ground has made their natural food supply difficult to find.
We realised we had a hedgehog hotel with spare capacity so did let the local vets know that we could take on cases that were brought to them.
It proved to be a feisty youngster, nipping the hand that fed it. Fortunately it was just about past the stage where it would need feeding through the night so four-hourly daytime feeds quickly helped it gain weight:
Very nearly a 50% increase in five days
In addition this hedgehog gave us the first exhibition of self-anointing we have ever seen.