UPDATE 30 August 2014: I’m leaving the original post as is, but I’m updating it in case anyone else ever finds hedgehogs like I did.
If you find a mother with her hoglets (baby hedgehogs) and they are not in any danger…LEAVE THEM ALONE. Don’t move them or add anything to their environment. Just replace anything you moved and leave them alone. I made the mistake of trying to make things ‘better’ for the ones I found and in turn made things worse.
After I had moved the hoglets and the mother and returned to check on them, I saw the mama was gone. I thought she left to get food. Every time I returned to check, she wasn’t there. I read up on hedgehogs and discovered that if their habitat is removed or altered the mother could turn on her babies, eat them or leave. Well, my one turned out to be a deadbeat mom. Left. Never came back.
I took all of the barricades down. Eventually two of the hedgehogs started to venture away from the bamboo nest…returning…leaving. I checked on the three a few times before bed. Still no mama.
This morning, one hedgehog was still left in the bamboo. My heart sank. I thought he had died. Nope. But very weak, not moving.
I screwed up so badly. The mom left, but it was might fault.
She was so weak. We phoned animal rescue. They were coming, but it would take a few hours. Crap!
I gathered up the little spiky tennis ball, made a comfy nest in a box and spent the next few hours trying to get the little munchkin to eat a raspberry, mushed banana, some egg and water.
She let me pick her up. I thought that was not a good sign, seeing as how before she was all puffy and snuffly with me. Making a reverse-hiss noise and breathing out fast, while extending its little spikes. But she was sooooo cold. She warmed up in my hand and started drinking small amounts of water from an eyedropper.
I took care of her until the dierenambulance (animal ambulance) came to pick her up. She will be in good hands and live out her life in a hedgehog sanctuary. Apparently, there are more and more hedgehog deaths related to roads and animal attacks, so she will be protected, fed and loved with a bunch of other hedgehogs.
The dogs were barking at the shed. Something was exciting them. Something was in there. I had to check it out.
We never use this shed…except for some storage items. At first this was all I saw.
Here are some close-ups:
Cute, hey?! I’ve checked on them since. It looks like mama hedgehog has gone to search for food. I hope I didn’t disrupt their sleep too much. I put some slugs and worms in a tray for them, but they may wriggle away.
Their new digs…