You’ve spotted a hedgehog – and you’re worried about them
If a hedgehog is out in the daytime, something is wrong. He/she could be sick, injured or orphaned.
At any time of day, a hedgehog who is not moving, is wobbly, dragging a limb or bleeding also needs immediate help.
Pick the hedgehog up using garden gloves or a towel/blanket and put it in a high sided box. Put a small towel on top of it to keep it warm and provide a bowl of water (NOT milk). You can also put in a small bowl of dog (not cat) food, unsalted peanuts or mealworms.
Then phone for help on one of the below numbers immediately.
A hedgehog who is wobbling or unsteady on their legs could be suffering starvation, severe dehydration, poisoning and/or hypothermia. Dragging a limb indicates either severe wounding or that it is broken, or the hedgehog is badly dehydrated/weakened by sickness. The hedgehog might also be bleeding or blind. If the hedgehog stays still in the same spot without moving, it’s very ill.
All of the above need immediate veterinary attention. All vets should take in injured hedgehogs. Local ones who have said yes are:
- Calder Vets, Dale Business Centre, Wentworth Road, Penistone. Tel: 01226 764764
- You can contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 for advice.
If you know of any more vets who take hedgehogs, please add them in the comments at the bottom
Hedgehogs that need a bit of care
As above, pick the hedgehog up using garden gloves or a towel/blanket and put it in a high sided box. Put a small towel on top of it to keep it warm and provide a bowl of water (NOT milk). You can also put in a small bowl of dog (not cat) food, unsalted peanuts or mealworms. Have a quick check around to see if you can find the rest of the litter.
Then phone one of the below who will be able to advise you:
- Royston Hedgehog Rescue, Janet Mason, 07901558203
- RSPCA, 0300 1234 999
Allan and Anita Broadhead in Cawthorne are also taking in hedgehogs who need a bit of attention. You can call them on 01226 791972. Please don’t contact them about injured hedgehogs though, take them straight to a vet.
Young hedgehogs in the Autumn
Baby hoglets that are found late in the year are known as “Autumn Orphans”, and are unlikely to survive the Winter on their own even if they left the nest naturally. These are babies born in September, October, November or December. Hedgehogs need to be at least 600g/1lb to survive the Winter successfully – they need enough fat reserves to hibernate. Those smaller than this weight need caring for and feeding up during the Winter, then releasing during the following Spring. If you find a baby hoglet late in the year, search for the rest of the litter – they won’t be far away.
You can contact Janet at Royston Hedgehog Rescue (07901558203), or Allan and Anita in Cawthorne (01226 791972) who might be able to take the hedgehog in for the winter.
The advice on this page is from Janet Mason at Royston Hedgehog Rescue and Spikey’s Hedgehog Rescue.