Saturday October 2nd 2010
As I start writing this blog, a small juvenile hedgehog has just been brought in from Ireleth, Askam in Furness. The problem with Hedgehogs is that they need to reach a certain body mass to be able to survive hibernation. Which means that hedgehogs have to be born at a time when they have long enough to gain the minimum body weight required for survival into Spring. This means that young hedgehogs born later in the summer, although healthy, have no chance of surviving the winter, at least not without a little outside help.
This isn’t the first hedgehog to be handed in this week. Earlier on, two hedgehogs were handed in to us from Ireleth, probably from the same litter. They had been found near their dead mother. One of them was in a bad way, and died on en route to the vet. The remaining individual was given a broad spec antibiotic and some multivitamins. It then went home with myself, where it was housed in an old owl aviary. I provided a large dog crate stuffed with hay and straw. The hedgehog settled in and found it’s appetite for ‘Spike’s Dinner’, a readily available brand of Hedgehog food. I have, in the past successfully overwintered juvenile Hedgehogs in this way.
The Hedgehog which arrived just now appears physically okay except that it is covered in ticks. With such an obvious parasite burden, it will have to see the vet first before I put him in with the other one. As always, fingers crossed.
It has been quite a hectic morning, what with ‘last minute’ public engagements. We had a photographer coming this morning, as well as a ‘junior keeper’. We included the junior keeper in Metro’s training session. Both Metro and the junior keeper did very well. It is approaching the time when Metro should be flying free. The weather has prevented that from happening this week. All being well, maybe next week.
On a final note, our volunteer Debs Smith will be doing her sponsored sky dive on the 15th of October. The target is to raise £2000 - for the World Owl Trust. Her total so far is 80%, or £1597.81. I
hope you will show her your support by going to Debs’ Just Giving website and making
an online donation. I’m sure you’ll agree she is very brave.
Note: Deb's JustGiving page has now closed.
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