Hedgehogs should definitely stay in bed

The sun may be shining

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The bees may be buzzing

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Young ducks

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may be laying their first eggs

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Buds may be bursting

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and the nights may be bright

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but hedgehogs should still be hibernating.

This little one spends all night looking for food. There at 9 pm

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still searching at 3 am

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and still at it when it is six o’clock in the morning.

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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.

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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.

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