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Oct 10, 2017

Hedgehogs out during the day


How to help hedeghogsHedgehog with fly strike

Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals so should not be active during the day. If you see a hedgehog out in the day it is likely in trouble (the exception to this is during the summer months, when females with young may need to come out during the day to forage for extra food/bedding).

Many hedgehogs that are out in the day come in to us underweight, dehydrated and sadly often covered in fly eggs and even maggots (fly strike, as seen in picture).

If you find a hedgehog out during the day please get it contained in a cardboard box, keep them somewhere quiet and put a hot water bottle, that is still comfortable to the touch, in one side of the box. Please also put in a dish of tinned meaty cat or dog food and water. Kitten biscuits are also a good option.

Please note: It is very important that you then take it along to a rescue as soon as possible; the quicker they can get help, the better their chances of surviving.

We are open 24hrs a day to take in animals and are based in Haddenham HP17 8AF, you can turn up any time with a wild animal in need. If you aren’t local please see www.helpwildlife.co.uk for your closest rescue, or see if your local vet is wildlife friendly. You can also call us for advice on 01844 292292.

If you have hedgehogs visiting your garden you can help them by putting out food and water each evening as it starts to get dark. You can continue to feed hedgehogs right through the year - Autumn and Winter feeding is especially helpful as it supports hedgehogs whilst they gain the weight and fat reserves they need to hibernate safely.

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