This little one spends all night looking for food. There at 9 pm
still searching at 3 am
and still at it when it is six o’clock in the morning.
Although Seven degrees is not cold, he has been doing this even when temperatures were as low as one degree. So he should only be coming out occasionally for a top up, not constantly hunting for food. We decide to take him into our care.
Weighing just 460g he will be fattened up with the other guests to return outside when the real Spring comes. Could well be a previously fattened up hog we released last summer after the drought.
During the summer drought our hedgehog population vanished. In previous years it was not unusual to see five or six individuals visit the feeding bowls.
The parched hard ground made a diet of beetles and worms impossible to find. In addition we had evidence of a very hungry badger (who would also normally feed on worms) increasing its range in search of food – which might well have included hedgehogs. We did care for and release 2 summer hoglets, where their mothers had probably died as a result of badgers or the drought. And this winter we have had two vet referrals living in the hoggery hostel, now semi-hibernating.
As we have a feral cat that does the rounds every night,
our hedgehog feeder now looks like this
with a supposed cat-proof maze inside
We have seen the cat weasel its way through there but it must have had some good hunting as this week it has a try
and walks away
One never knows when a hibernating hedgehog is going to get up for a quick snack so this week we were pleased to see this had happened