|Helping injured or
|If you see a hedgehog out in the
daylight, there is always something wrong, as they are naturally nocturnal.
|Place it in a dark box with a towel-covered hot water
bottle. You can offer a dish of water and good quality meat (not fish) dog or
cat food, but never attempt to force the animal to eat or drink.
| If the animal is so weak it is collapsed then it may
be unable to swallow, and putting water in the mouth would simply choke it.
|If you accidentally unearth a hedgehog nest with
babies, put the covering back, using gloves, as quickly and quietly as
|Never touch the babies, as your smell may cause the
mother to abandon or eat them.
|If you suspect they have already been abandoned,
leave them for a while then very quietly check back an hour later to see if the
mother has returned.
|If not, the babies can be placed in a dark box with a
towel-covered hot water bottle while you seek professional advice.
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