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UPDATE: Needles & Pins Now Released
Just to let you know both rescuedhedge-hoglets have grown into healthy adult hedgehogs and I have now released these them into my garden. The good news is that my wildlife cameras mean I can keep track of them as they explore the great outdoors. And one of the hedgehogs has obligingly moved into a hedgehog box I made! I hope this one stays here for the winter, where I can keep watching it.
Watch the video
Click on the image below to see them enjoying their new freedom!
Needles & Pins: The Story
I am now looking after two tiny hedgehogs and I haven’t had a lot of sleep! The hoglets are so small I’ve had to wake every two hours during the night to feed them.
They were found on the roadside and were very cold and still when they arrived. The first thing I did was wrap them in a blanket and put them onto a heated mat to warm them. I had to warm them up before I could give feed them. I gave them Esbilac, a milk formula designed for puppies, via a syringe.
These hoglets are so tiny, the youngest’s eyes are yet to open and it weighs just 51gs – about the same as a knob of butter! At this young age, I have to be very careful when feeding them. If I pour the milk down too fast I’m in danger of flooding their lungs.
So far they are doing really well and are as cute as buttons. I’m a six-foot-tall man and I grew up amidst the rough and tumble of a working farm, but these two hoglets have melted my heart!
Below is a video of the hoglets filmed during their first day here. I challenge you not to fall for them too! And once you’ve watched it please help me out. I need names for the hoglets. Pop your suggestions in the comment box below.
In recent years I’ve joined forces with a number of wildlife resuce centres helping to rehabilitate wild animals. Below are two more stories about two young stoats and a tawny owl that I am also currently caring for.
These hoglets are not the first to have won my heart. Click on the link below to read about my previous experience rescuing hedgehogs and see the painting it inspired:
Author: Robert E Fuller