My husband and I have just taken delivery of Spike, a rescue hedgehog. He was found with 2 other brothers in a bad state last year – their mother had presumably died. They were handed in and have been looked after at Morley Wildlife Rescue since then. Having just come out of hibernation, now was the ideal time to release them. Spike was provided with a log pile home with lots of bedding and some food but the following morning there is no sign of him and the food is uneaten. We have been loaned a motion-activated camera so will check it after a couple of days to see if he has passed by. Fare well Spike!
Spike the Hedgehog
Likewise, Tony and I responded to Morley Wildlife Rescue’s Facebook appeal for homes for young hedgehogs. Having hand-reared four orphaned baby hedgehogs, Anna May now needed to find ideal places to release them.
On Sunday she delivered McGregor and Rhonda. We introduced them to their two separate homes: a log pile with leaf litter, grasses and some of their familiar bedding for McGregor, and a homemade, purpose-built box filled with the bedding material, within a log pile, for Rhonda. She was given the more superior accommodation as we are hoping she will breed this summer and raise a family there!
At dusk, as instructed, we put out a dish of canned dog meat for each and a trail of dried mealworms leading to their homes. But this morning the dog meat was untouched. Was it too cold to come out last night? Did they find something better to eat? Are they still in their homes? Who knows… they are living wild now. Maybe there will be some answers on the camera!