Here's an email we received today -
after a good day at work with 'the forest trust' (shameless plug alert!!), i arrived in my street at 5:53 (roughly!) and emerged from the confines of a trusty old red vw, looking forward to seeing my darling dog and the misses (is that right!?!). i take out the bunch of keys and look at the floor whilst finding the right key, and notice a blob..... a spiny blob, an unmoving blob, a hedgeblob!!!
the wee thing was not well. it was bright daylight, for a nocturnal thing that's not good. it wasn't running away from me either, that's not too natural. so we stood n stared a while, thinking, reading minds, wondering what life is all about.
seeing no movement, we took the hoglet gently inside the house, wrapped her (for we could see she was a lass) her in a towel, warmed a hot water bottle n wrapped that in a towel too, put some water n chickeny cat food in the box too with newspaper and let her settle down a while. she ate n drank n seemed very friendly, she let us check her out for mites n cuts and she looked ok. but we thought that she was underweight n could do with some pro help, so we goog'd poorly hedgehogles.
we got in touch with the 'british hedgehog preservation society', and the nice people we spoke to helped us to do the right things and then we found our local volunteers who had a hog hospital, we took oriel (as we had nick named her) straight down and janet at the orston hedgehog rescue saw her immediately. janets surgery n hog beds were in her front room, she and her husband have been doing hog rescue for 9 years, they are volunteers, thanks to them oriel may survive the winter, a dwindling hedgehog population needs friends like janet.
have a look at oriel, she loves punked merino!!!
we'll let you know how oriel does.
ian, nina n rumbo