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Old 28.09.2009, 12:15
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Hedgehog found, advice?

This morning I found a hedgehog in the parking lot of my daughter's krippe. It was under a car, sort of circling about, and I didn't want it to get run over, so I took off my jacket and wrapped it up and brought it into the office. It seems okay: it can walk and roll up into a ball, and has no signs of major injury. It's now sleeping fairly contentedly under my desk in a cardboard box on my jacket and under a towel. My thought is to let it rest, offer some water and some cat food (I read that it will eat such stuff) and let it go this evening around dusk.

Anybody have any idea about these things?

Thanks for any advice!
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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

Obvious advice would be to go and put it back in the woods where it lives.
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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

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Obvious advice would be to go and put it back in the woods.
And then you might want to get your coat (and maybe the office) thoroughly cleaned - my experience of hedgehogs is that they always have plenty of fleas keeping them company.
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Old 28.09.2009, 12:20
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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

I'd suggest you let it go somewhere close to where you found it. Hopefully it will think nothing of the whole strange experience.
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Old 28.09.2009, 12:24
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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

they are also covered in ticks, so check yourself and your jacket etc for the little buggers
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Old 28.09.2009, 12:29
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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

Ask it why it didn't share the hedge?
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Old 28.09.2009, 12:46
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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

I cant remember all the details but there is an organisation in Switzerland that cares for hedgehogs that have been brain damaged after being hit by vehicles (the ones that have managed not to get flattened anyway)...because they cant fend for themselves anymore. Sounds like that could be the case if the hedgehog you found was going round in circles. I will PM another forum member who knows more about it and ask them to contribute.
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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

How long is it before the little buggers hibernate ...??
Stick it in some woods, undergrowth whatever ... even if it does hve brain damage as such, it will be kinder in the long run ...
So speaks the Hedgehog of Death !!
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Old 28.09.2009, 12:52
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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

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Old 28.09.2009, 13:02
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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

There's a place in Zurich that specifically cares for "lost" hedgehogs:

http://www.izz.ch/ (Tel: 044 362 02 03)

Give them a call (they probably have someone who at least speaks some English) and ask them. They're open between 16.00 - 18.00 (I think they're all volunteers).

In short, if you find a hedgehog in autumn it may be:
- young and still too small to survive alone
- ill
- may be been disturbed and is now looking for a new place to hibernate

A healthy hedgehog, capabable of surviving the winter in hibernation, should weigh 600 grams or more. If "your" hedgehog is that heavy, you can let him go in the woods or some other place where there's plenty of cover.
If not, it's probably best to get professional advice.

P.S. The website also says NOT TO FEED hedgehogs! Theyy're capable of finding their own food

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Old 28.09.2009, 13:08
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My thought is to let it rest, offer some water and some cat food (I read that it will eat such stuff) and let it go this evening around dusk.

Anybody have any idea about these things?
They don't start hibernating until November so now is a good time to let it go if it's not underweight or obviously sick. If your garden isn't enclosed and it can get out, then releasing it in your garden might not be a bad idea. That way you can leave food out for it for a few nights. We have 'em in and around our garden.
Some info here.
http://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/

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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

Contrary to much public opinion, DO NOT feed it bread and milk, unless you want a deadhog. Cat food and water do them nicely, but only if it's underweight. As mentioned above, the little blighters are usually crawling with ticks, which wouldn't feel much compunction about lunching on yourself.
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Old 28.09.2009, 14:59
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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

and JUST in case the OP is American......

It is not likely to be a lost pet........ Ive only ever seen hedgehogs on sale as pets in the US- and that astonishes me.....

In Europe, people tend to not purchase Hedgehogs as pets (well - not 10 years ago anyway - who knows now). They live in your garden, and are wild animals.

Interestingly - according to wiki - Hedgehogs are a powerful form of pest control. A single hedgehog can keep an average garden free of pests by eating up to 200 grams of insects each night.
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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

Once you release it, make sure it hits the ground running. Better speed and... bonus points.

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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

He/she was probably just having a look around. All you need to do is take it back close to where you found it, away from danger and it will be fine. It is far too early for it to be hibernating. And finally and most importantly, don't feed it. We all think we are doing good to an animal if we feed it but we aren't always right!
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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

If you do feed a hedgehog cat food, make sure it isnt fish flavoured and they like lots of water.....
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If you do feed a hedgehog cat food, make sure it isnt fish flavoured
Why? Because they usually prey on chickens and cows?
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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

So, for those who want to know what happened...

We called IZZ, who told us to feed him and then let him go. So, we kept the hedgehog one night, during which he ate about 1/3 of his weight in cat food (chicken flavored Hills) escaped from the cozy box I'd provided and scuttled across the bathroom floor to sleep underneath a clothes hamper. Next evening, we sent him on his merry way.

Not very eventful, but we hope all's well that ends well!
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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

I realize that this is an older thread but figured I would throw my question here. My son and I discovered a hedgehog in the driveway on our walk back from the train station. It scuttled back to the bushes near my yard. The yard has been a bit neglected. I finally have the tools necessary to start bringing it back to order. I would LOVE it if this little critter wanted to stick around and am willing to do things in my yard to help foster it's fondness for our little patch of green. What should I look for in and around the yard and bushes BEFORE I start up the lawn mower and weed eater???? I don't want to destroy habitat or possibly injure one of them. Also, how do the little critters fair when it comes to feline friends???? There are at least 7 indoor/outdoor or outdoor only cats in the immediate area. Do cats pretty much leave them alone? I have a feeling I now know what my indoor only feline friend has been staring at soooooooo intently from his cat stand near the window.
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