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One of our most common patients at the wildlife hospital is hedgehogs. During spring/summer we get hoglets and juveniles who have been found orphaned or injured, often needing hand rearing. During autumn/winter we see adults or juveniles who have not been able to put on enough weight for a safe hibernation.
2019 was our toughest year on record for Hedgehogs. We received a record breaking amount of almost 600 - with some juveniles coming in under 200g late in December. This could have been due to weather changes from climate change, making hedgehogs remain active later in the year resulting in late autumn/winter litters or peoples gardens being less 'wildlife friendly'.Young, underweight hedgehogs need extra special attention during winter as they will not survive the cold and their little bodies cannot deal with the health issues an adult or decent size hedgehog (600g+) would usually deal with in the wild.
Hedgehogs rely on us humans to survive so please watch our video below for some tips on how you can help our spikey friends.