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Eek! Hedgehog in the pond....

Whilst giving my lawn a mow, movement from the pond caught my eye and spotted a hedgehog having difficulties getting out. It had managed to get itself caught between a sunken pot and the edge of the pond and couldn't haul itself out (I'm very conscious of hog safety and thought I'd covered all safety issues by having slopping edges and a beach - first incident since installing pond over 18 months ago). Hauled the poor chap out and he's now on a towel, on a heat pad, in a cat box with a dark blanket over the box to keep out light. At first he was shaking, so immediate concern was getting him warmed up. That seems to have stopped now, but concerned with what I need to do next. Tried to ring a couple of wildlife animal rescues near me, but no answer (it's Sunday). Also, my vets are closed except for emergency. I'm sure he's going to be OK, but wondering if I should take him to rescue place tomorrow, or leave him to go free once it gets dark this evening and when his mates come into the garden. Should I wait till tomorrow evening to make sures he's eaten something? Happy to take whatever advice. I live in West Surrey - so if anybody knows any local rescue contacts, please let me know.


  • If it was me, I'd take him outside, put him down somewhere a bit secluded and see what he wants to do.

    The nights are not cold at the moment and there should be plenty of food about.

    Hedgehogs don't normally move when humans are around. It's possibly our smell they are sensitive to. So you might need to leave him well alone for 10 minutes or so, and then return to the spot. If you're lucky he will have disappeared.

    If he's still there when you return then you need a Plan B.

  • Just been to see him - fast asleep, breathing seems OK (not laboured or shallow) - bit loathe to wake him now. Will put him out this evening around 9pm which is around the time the hogs normally come into the garden anyway.

    I've sorted out the pond - noticed it was quite low down despite all the rain, so probably didn't help as more distance to haul himself out from.

    Very lucky chap - I was going to leave the grass mowing to the guinea pigs, but they are so rubbish sometimes missing the edges and long stuff - only reason I got mower out.
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Tim Burr, for goodness sake let the poor thing go.  He/she is a wild animal and you are causing the poor hog so much stress by handling it.  It did get caught up, but they are excellent swimmers, it will recover.

    They are solitary creatures and it will have its own territory.  Let it go!!

  • I help at a hedgehog rescue, if the hoggy seems ok now you have warmed him up then please release him tonight. If you can find a quite area under a shrub to let him go that is great. Place a shallow bowl of water and some meat flavour cat/dog food out for him too as he may well be very hun gry after his ordeal.

  • FloBearFloBear Posts: 2,281

    Tim Burr, if you happen to have some meaty cat or dog food available, you could put a little bowl out with him when you let him go so you know he's got something to eat tonight.

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  • Update - whilst in the cat box, he snuggled under the towel making himself all toasty warm. About half an hour a go, transferred him to one of those filing boxes with a lid and cut the side off to make an exit. Lined the base with papers and hay. Placed him on the patio next to the hedghog food hut (where they all the hogs who visit my garden pile in regulalry eat for nightly nibbles) - we're all now sitting patiently in the conservatory waiting for him to appear. Might be one of those panda kitkat evenings! Anyway, beats Countryfile!
  • Aww well done. Im sure he will be out having supper very soon. ive already had 3 hoggies at my feed stations tonight. Im sure he will give your pond a wide berth for the next few night lol. image

  • Happy to report - has just left the filing box, and went straight to food hut - face now in a bowl of Spike, mealworm and chicken breast. Hog happy, family relaxed!
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