On my way to school on Monday I noticed a hedgehog that was curled up on a grass verge. I immediately thought it was dead as it had been a cold night and the grass around it was very frosty. But on my way home from school I noticed that it had moved a few feet so I tapped it with my foot and It moved a little. Due to this I ran home and got an old shoe box then went to get the hedgehog. As soon as I got it home I wrapped it up, gave it a hot water bottle and gave it some meal worms and water. I then rang up the local hedgehog rescue to ask what was the best thing to do now. Unfortunately there wasn’t much hope for the little hog as it had been out in the cold and as it was out in the open it was most likely dehydrated.
On the Monday evening it did quiet well and it started to fidget a little bit but when I got home on Tuesday it wasn’t moving as much and it still hadn’t eaten. Therefore when I got back from school on Wednesday I rung up my local hedgehog rescue to pass the hedgehog onto one of the volunteers. But unfortunately the hedgehog had died. This was sad but at least it had died in comfort.
If you see a hedgehog at this time of the year, especially if it’s out in the day you should contact your local hedgehog rescue as it is too cold for them to be out and they should be in hibernation. My local rescue, West Midlands Hedgehog rescue, do an amazing job and you can read more about them here – http://www.wmhr.org.uk/
Here’s a photo of the hedgehog when I first rescued it.