What To Do If You've Found A Sick Hedgehog

When does a hedgehog need help?


Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals, sleeping through the day and foraging for food in the late evening till early morning.
If you see a hedgehog out in the day then it usually means it needs help. Hedgehogs are very susceptible to hypothermia, even in summer, deyhration and can be seen staggering around. Hedgehogs do not sunbathe.

If you find a hedgehog in this state they need your help quickly. Use gloves to pick it up and put it in a high sided box, they are good climbers, with a towel or fleece material for it to hide in. Fill a hot water bottle with hot tap water (not boiling), wrap it in a towel and put it under the hedgehog. Make sure there is enough room for it to move off the hot water bottle if it gets too hot. If the hedgehog has a visible injury or bleeding then it needs to go straight to the vets.

Once the hedgehog is secure get in touch with someone who can help. 

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Contact us at Prickly Pigs Hedgehog Rescue.
Or Ring the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584 890801.
Or take it to your nearest vets.