malvernhedgehogrescue

Autumn juveniles & baby hedgehogs (hoglets) Scratch (below left) Snowmira (below right) & Today i weigh Found in 2010 in snow 100grms weighing 290grms.

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snowmira

Autumn juveniles are baby hedgehogs that have been born in late summer or in the Autumn & although old enough to leave their mothers,will not have had sufficient time to grow to a successful hibernation weight of the minimum 600grms.Many will attempt to hibernate for a short while waking once their limited fat reserves have been depleted or perish.These babies need URGENT help & will need to come in to rescue for the duration of the winter.You may see these babies out during daylight or at night in their desperate search for food particularly at the base of a bird table or feeding station where they will forage for food scattered by the birds.If under 600grms, please contain the hog in a high sided box as they are good climbers,place some newspaper on the bottom of the box & as long as there are no fly eggs or maggots, a luke warm hot water bottle.Wrap the hog loosely in a towel & place on the warm hot water bottle. Make sure the hog can get off the heat source if it chooses.The hog will need warming up but Fly eggs can hatch into maggots within 2 hours with heat so it is essential to seek immediate help.Provide if you can some cat/dog or kitten meat based food & a shallow dish or lid of fresh drinking water.This may or may not be taken depending on the condition of the hog.A hedgehog cannot eat or drink if body temperature is cold.Please do not attempt to force feed as this could result in drowning or choking.Hedgehogs do not sunbathe.If you see a hog lying out in the sun it is an indication that it is hypothermic & desperately trying to warm itself.Please act quickly as this can be a lifesaver.Many Autumn juveniles come into care with lungworm which causes severe respiratory problems & eventually death.This condition is easily treated provided they are found soon enough.If you find a hog towards border line hibernation weight you could help it build up weight by putting a regular supply of food out each night & a dish of fresh drinking water.Babies & Juveniles need a special milk formula & diet.Please don't give bread & or milk as this will present with life threatening illness.Most autumn juveniles will at least require re hydrating fluids under the skin & a course of antibiotics.These again can be life savers.Once a hedgehog has successfully been overwintered in care it can be returned to you for re release in the spring if you so wish.Please be extra vigilant around spring & autumn time & throughout the winter months for sick,injured or orphaned hedgehogs.A hoglets cry for mum is a bird like chirp but will be coming from ground level.Where there is one there are often more to look out for.
Picture Below:Sisters,Mrs Frosty & m&m were found by members of the public & came into care in December 2009.A third sibling found a couple of days later unfortunately didn't make it & died as a result damage caused by the severe weather conditions. Both were re released to the finders garden the following spring.
Autumn juveniles remain in care for the duration of the winter months
July 2011.
Many hedgehogs are emaciated & dehydrated as they struggle to find suffucient natural food in the dry weather.
The ground is hard making it difficult for them to dig.Some
 hedgehogs are falling into ponds,swimming pools or rivers in their
desperation to drink.Once in the water they are unable to escape &
will drown if not found.
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 You can help by putting out a
regular supply of meat based cat,dog or kitten food & or some
meat flavoured cat,kitten or dog biscuits & of course a shallow
dish of fresh drinking water but never bread & or milk
.
Please be vigilant for any hogs in distress

To the right are some of the soft toy's which act as surrogate
mums to the orphaned hogs who snuggle up underneath for
warmth & security.

Please remember if you see a sick,injured or orphaned hog to
act immediately as every minute counts.

  Contact mhr by email

MrFrosy with m&m
SOFT TOYS

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