After the interest shown in the pages tracking many of the 2014 Admissions I have decided to do the same in 2015. (Years 2010-13 a few of the stories can be found on the news pages)
In 2014 alone over 320 hedgehogs were admitted and treated by Willows Hedgehog Rescue..
...so begins another and our 6th year of running
Jan-May 2015- Fifty Five (55) Admissions
June 2015- Seventy (70) Admissions
July 2015- Fifty Eight (58) Admissions
August 2015- Fifty Three (53) Admissions
September 2015- Forty Two (42) Admissions
October 2015- Forty Seven (47) Admissions
November 2015- Thirty Six (36) Admissions
December 2015- Elleven (11) Admissions so far
372 Admissions in 2015
This page will not show all admissions- that is not possible as we are busy for a medium sized rescue & some hedgehogs are put to sleep immediately due to severity of injuries. Our time is pressured and our priority is to concentrate on the rescue and treatment of hedgehogs.
2015 Admissions July onward
Click here> 2015 Admissions January to June
He had been visiting the finders garden for a couple of weeks and concerned by his size she contacted us last night and he came in today.
At 480grams this hedgehog is far too small to survive even though the winter has been mild so far. Mickey has presented with the tell tale cough of lungworm and after samples treatment will begin.
He was initially spotted out at night and was subsequently found the following day motionless on his side on the finders lawn.
The hedgehog has admitted seriously ill after suffering a massive amount of weight loss, he is freezing cold and is at present in ICU in order to try and stablise him before treatment
Weighing in below 500grams Bud is far too small to have successfully made it through winter and he is now settling into the rescue.
Under 600grams and the advice is always get the hedgehog help in winter.
They had put a hedgehog home in their garden and wanted to see if a hedgehog was around. the camera picked up little Rudie. They noticed however that the hedgehog seemed to have a problem with a back leg.
On admission their hunch proved right and in fact Rudie is missing a back leg.
The finder didn't spot her immediately, it was the finders three dogs a Border Collie, a Staffy cross and a German Shepard that stood still and pointed this small hedgehog out to their owner without trying to interfere it. Anna has presented in a freezing cold and stressed condition and is settling into a heated pen in the hospital.
It has suffered trauma to the head and snout with damage to the snout and jaw as well as possibly fractures to the skull.
The finder does not have any idea of what may have happened to this hedgehog and from examination we are not able to identify the cause. However the injuries do mean that this hedgehog will have to be euthanised.
They had noticed a hedgehog they had though to have hibernated in a pile of towels so they left it undisturbed. However they recently found droppings and then found this hog wrapped up in plastic bags.
He was spotted by a teenage lad who noticed this small hedgehog walking in a very wobbly way down the road. He picked this little hedgehog up and took his coat off, wrapped Rufus in it to keep him warm and safe and took him home.
His parents then called us and Rufus is now in the rescue.
This small male has been admitted after he was spotted by a member of the public on the park I work on in my day job. They had left him lying out on the park and when I found this underweight juvenile he was motionless, freezing cold and gasping for breath. Now in intensive care after receiving fluid treatment and meds to ease his breathing.
She initially popped this small hedgehog under a hedge but when out again later she noticed that it was still there.
At 324grams this hedgehog is far too small and it has presented freezing cold and in a state of total collapse. Presently in one of the incubators after receiving fluid support.
Luckily the finder spotted that this had happened, called us and we were able to advise this small hedgehog came in.
Luckily there are no injuries and the blood observed belong to the dog but this hedgehog is far too small for the time of year and to survive winter and it has also presented with lungworm which is prevalent in autumn hedgehogs.
Initially they pop her back under a hedge but then sought advice and luckily found her again and brought her in.
She is one of only a handful of hedgehogs admitted this year with fleas which she was immediately treated for.
Ellie has also tested positive for lungworm.
This good sized hedgehog has admitted with ringworm a fungal skin condition.
Now in the hospital in the isolation pen area as ringworm is zoonotic. Started treatment as soon as admitted but it will take a while to get the ringworm under control.
The finder has four dogs and one was giving this small hedgehog rather a lot of attention. Luckily the finder acted quickly and this underweight juvenile is now in the rescue.
Admitted with a lot of tics of which around fifty removed so far.
He was spotted by the finders wandering along in the middle of the road with what would have been the inevitable outcome if he hadn't been spotted.
Far too small to survive winter and in very real danger this little hog is now settling in to the safety of the rescue.
Luckily the finders spotted this having recently brought another underweight juvenile into us and this small hedgehog is now settling into the rescue.
Tia also presented covered in tics.
The night she was trapped was the first night of hard frosts and she has admitted in a freezing cold condition.
She is about half the weight that she should be and is more or less skin and bone and has been struggling for some time. Now in intensive care.
He is far too small for this late in the year and with the recent snow and very cold night and frost last night hedgehogs such as Jim cannot survive for very long.
Jim is now settling into the rescue, will be tested for endo parasites and treated and then will over winter here.
Frosty was spotted again on the night lying in the middle of the finders lawn totally covered in frost. The finders immediately go him onto warmth and today into us.
Now settling into the rescue and starting treatment for lungworm.
Recognised by the finders as being far too small to survive winter and found to be freezing cold when they picked her up this small juvenile has been admitted and once checked for any endo parasite issues will be overwintered in the rescue
The finders have brought hedgehogs in to us before and recognised that even though out at night Binwin was is too small to make winter.
They also noticed that this small hedgehog was covered in tics. A large number already removed.. more to go!
With two nights of zero and below temperatures the clock was ticking for this underweight juvenile hedgehog.
She has also presented with a number of tics on her which will have also been running her down. Now settling into the rescue.
This small hedgehog has presented with a heavy worm burden and with a back leg missing.
With temperatures now below zero with wind chill and snow on the ground last night small hedgehogs like this cannot last long without help.
Spotted by the finders of Flo who sadly died within a few hours of admission, this hedgehog is undoubtedly a sibling of Flo's but in a much better condition than she was.
Fall has presented as Flo with a heavy worm burden.
A few hours later she had stopped moving around and by the time she was admitted she was very cold and unresponsive. On examination she also proved to have lost a back leg. She was immediately given supportive fluids and went into ICU. Sadly Flo was too far gone by the time she came into us and died during the night.
She was alive when they found her and with any pond incident it is important to get the hedgehog to a rescue as soon as possible as they often inhale water and also present with hypothermia.
Sadly Ripple was already dead before getting to the examination table.
On final patrol rounds on my day job in parks I spotted this hedgehog walking across an open grass area towards a road where there were lots of dog walkers and of course cars.
On admission this hedgehog has quite bubbly breathing and is not as round as it should be. Now being tested for lungworm.
The did the right thing and secured it in a box somewhere quite in the house and then contacted us.
At 304grams Stone had no chance of being able to gain enough weight to make it through winter.
This hedgehog presented in a very cold and unresponsive state. It has obviously been struggling for quite some time due to its very pinched shape and signs of weight loss. Now settling into the rescue
Even at 400grams hedgehogs like Sand are now far too small to be able to gain enough weight to make it through the winter.
Now we are into mid November hedgehogs need to be at least 500-550grams.
Initially the finders intention knowing that this small hedgehog was in trouble was to look after it themselves. But they did some research and realised that it needed to come into a rescue.
Pippin has presented rather thin and pinched and will be now tested for worms.
This struggling hedgehog was recognised as being in trouble and in fact spotted as needing help by one of the veterinary nurses from the practice that carries out all of Willows consultation and operations.
Seth is now settling into the rescue, safe and secure for the winter.
The last of this little hoglets siblings to be admitted was Pepper who was heard screaming after what we now know was a rat attacking it and caught on camera. The rat has now been caught. Salt and Pepper are now reunited in the rescue.
The call came in at around 3.30am for this small hedgehog after it was heard in obvious distress and pain. We missed the call but shortly after knocking at our front door woke us up.
Presented bleeding from a wound to one of its back legs.
She was originally spotted yesterday and secured and kept warm until they could get her to a rescue today. Ideally contact a rescue straight away but if you can't then keep it safe somewhere quiet until you can contact a rescue.
Now settling into the rescue.
Two of Trinkets other siblings Trick and Treat are already here in the rescue so this small hoglet has now been reunited with its other two very small siblings.
All three are being treated for lungworm which is extremely prevalent at this time of year.
She was found lying on the lawn when the finder returned from shopping.
Top is sibling to Tails admitted a few days ago so these two underweight juveniles are now reunited and safe in the rescue.
Tails is being treated for lungworm.
She has presented with severe respiratory distress and is in a collapsed state. being treated for pneumonia and with meds to ease her breathing Slipper is now in one of the intensive care units in the hospital.
In a critical state.
On investigation they found this little hedgehog. Pepper has admitted with a large number broken spines and a number of bite wounds.
She is now settling into the hospital after being cleaned up and given painkillers and antibiotics.
She is now too small to make it through winter and she has presented already very pinched at the back end when she should be nice and round.
This is a sure sign that this hedgehog is already quite poorly.
She couldn't be brought to us straight away but the finder did the right thing in this circumstance and kept Lotty safe with warmth and food somewhere quiet until she could be admitted today.
Lotty is now settling into the rescue and will be tested for any endo parasite issues. .
Hops litter mate Skip was admitted earlier this week weighing 220gram. Having been in a few days Skip is a lot heavier than Hop so this new little admission has for company joined some other small juveniles nearer to his own weight.
Please keep an eye out for small juveniles
Many small juvenile hedgehogs will get into serious trouble now we are into November so please keep an eye out day or night now and secure and contact a rescue as soon as you see them.
Leaving them or delaying will cost their lives.
These very small hedgehogs would have had absolutely no chance of making it through winter and coming out in daylight signifies exactly how much trouble they were in. Flies were starting to land on them but luckily no fly eggs or maggots on them.
Now settling into the rescue.
She is rather thin and her eyes are sunk into her head which is a sure sign that this hedgehog is ill, in trouble, has been struggling for some and in the process loosing a lot of weight.
Now settling into the rescue.
386gram female Autumnn Juvenile Turquoise is the first admission of November and although spotted out at night she is obviously too small to now be able to find enough food and gain enough weight to make reach hibernation weigh or make it through winter.
Turquoise is also another juvenile with a sibling that has already been rescued and brought into the hospital.
This small juvenile was spotted out in daylight trying to desperately find food. With another sibling already in the hospital this one is now safe and reunited with its little mate.
As with a number of recent admissions the moral is if you find one. look out for more.
Small juveniles like this remain active trying to find increasing less food and go onto a very quick downward spiral.
Also where there is one struggling juvenile there will almost certainly be others from the same litter.
Far too small to now gain enough weight to survive winter and with a number of tics on her which would have slowly ran her down Ruby is now safe in the rescue.
Leaving food and water out will help hedgehogs to gain weight but this is still not enough for small juveniles.
316gram late autumn Juvenile female Whiskers has been admitted after she was spotted out at night which is normal behaviour but also recognised as now being far too small to be able to continue to survive in the wild this late into the year.
Whiskers is now settling into the rescue along with Tails admitted on the same day and being similar weights. Hoglets and juveniles do better with company.
As with previous autumn juveniles admitted this month this little hedgehog is now far too small to make it through winter and with the lack of natural food at this time of year would start to loose weight and deteriorate very quickly,
Now settling into the rescue with Whiskers.
She has presented with some blood from her snout and it is very likely that this small hedgehog has been hit by a car.
Thelma is in a pretty poorly state and is settling into the hospital under close monitoring.
Luckily Louise was found today with severe thunderstorms forecast which would have made this late juveniles struggle even harder than it has already been.
Now settling into the rescue where many late juveniles are now residing. Please get help straight away.
This male hoglet had been seen out and about with mum a few days ago but was now being seen out on his own.
At 220gram Skip as he has been named by the finder is far too small to have any chance of gaining enough weight to make it through the next couple of weeks lets alone winter.
Another juvenile too small to make it through winter and already struggling to survive she had started to come out in daylight. At this time of year juveniles this size out at night still need to be secured and a rescue contacted.
Hedgehogs are nocturnal and any hedgehog out in daylight is in trouble.
Last night saw temperatures drop and the reports of snow on some mountain tops in the UK so underweight late juveniles like Dylan will now find themselves in trouble very quickly.
As soon as you see a small hedgehog day or night please secure and get help.
She was initially taken to the PDSA and they had her for a week however they thought that she was a male, a bit of a surprise when I said 'nope, female'.
She appears to be blind and is at the moment settling into her new environment in the hospital.
Preparing for the worst the surprise was a nice round and feisty juvenile male now named Blaine.
Weighing in at 390grams too small to survive winter but definitely not flat.
She has been admitted from the same garden as Scamp admitted yesterday and is undoubtedly one of Scamps litter mates.
Please keep and eye out for small hedgehogs and remember there are probably more than one!
460gram female older juvenile Tam has been admitted after the finder spotted her just sitting balled on her lawn. This juvenile although out at night did not make any efforts to move and was still there in the open an hour later. Concerned that something was not right the finder called us and brought her in.
On examination Tam has suffered a number of bite wounds from a dog.
Scamp would not now be able to gain enough weight to see winter through and would start to get into serious trouble very quickly.
Small hedgehogs day/night will need help
However now we are heading quickly towards the end of October juveniles this small will not be able to gain enough weight to be able to successfully hibernate.
The finder was luckily aware of this and gave us a call. Please look out for small hedgehogs day or night now.
Luckily this large female hedgehog has very dense spines and although there are some broken spines and blood from the dog there are not any puncture wounds to the hedgehog. Slow release anti biotics have been administered just in case and Storm has returned to the wild.
Luckily on examination Gem has been spotted and rescued before the inevitable encounter with a car happened.
A lucky escape for this small hedgehog. She is too small to survive winter and is now settling into the rescue.
She has presented with a possible fractured leg and is at the moment settling into the hospital so a thorough check can be made. The finders only spotted her by chance and don't know how long she had been trapped in the cellar.
Bruner was found by the finders of another small hoglet Buzz who was admitted a couple of days ago.
Bruner is now settling into the rescue. Please be aware that if you find one small hedgehog there will probably be more that need help.
He has presented in a very agitated state which could indicate a heavy worm burden. Hyperactivity is never a good sign.
With recent signs of light frosts time is of the essence for small hedgehogs like this and sooner help sought the better their chance of surviving.
She was spotted out on a large campsite and activity centre grounds.
Both were freezing cold and near death on admission. Sadly Tilly's sibling was in a much worse state and died shortly after admission. Tilly now warm has been introduced to some other hoglets.
Hoglets of this size deteriorate very quickly and as nighttime temperatures have started to drop significantly this little hedgehog would not have lasted that much longer.
With the temperature drops many more small and underweight hedgehogs will start to get into severe difficulties.
This little juvenile has been in trouble for some time and flies had already started to lay eggs on it. Luckily still at the egg stage and no maggots present.
The fly strike has been removed and Talis is now settling into a heated pen in the hospital.
On examination she has animal bite puncture wounds to the abdomen and throat.
She is very cold and once here at Willows has received treatment for her wounds, pain relief, fluids and is presently settling into a heated pen in order to try and get her nice and warm.
Hoglets like Buzz will die very quickly if they are not secured and taken into a rescue. At this size they cannot generate enough body heat to even attempt to keep warm.
Time is of the essence for hoglets like Buzz and if you spot one there will probably be more in the same area.
This time of year we will admit many underweight and struggling Autumn Juveniles.
Please if you see a small hedgehog out in daylight don't leave it. Get it into a box with an old towel to hide under and get it help straight away.
He has presented looking quite spiky and in not too bad shape if small. On examination however he has air under the skin, has damage to one eye and is sneezing blood.
This hedgehog has suffered an impact trauma and the air under the skin and blood indicate serious injuries.
Both are female hoglets with Crystal weighing in at 122grams and Quartz weighing in at 113grams.
Glad that the tree of them are now where they need to be.
This hedgehog has been admitted in a freezing cold condition in a state of total collapse and is also plastered in fly eggs which indicates that this hedgehog has been in trouble for some time. This hedgehog is in a very poorly way.
The finder had been 'feeding' them for days with the best interest at heart but sadly misguided. These hoglets needed specialist care.
80gram Belle died here five minutes after arrival & 100gram Winter is in ICU.covered in fly eggs but we have to get him warm.
The finders when we asked them to secure this little hoglet in a box did so but left the box open and left Frost outside. Frost was in a very agitated state when we picked him up.
Please secure in a box with an old towel or torn newspaper but put in the house somewhere quiet until rescue arrives.
She had fallen into a bucket of bleach solution and has presented in a quite poorly state. She has quite laboured breathing and she has been treated for any chemical ingestion and for inhalation pneumonia.
She has been in trouble for a while and is also very thin.
He has admitted with noisy breathing but no visible signs of being hit by a car so this little hedgehog may be lucky.
The noisy breathing could indicate lung worm which is very prevalent in hedgehogs in autumn due to reduced food supply and eating slugs due to this.
She is rather lively which can be a sign of stress and like most autumn juveniles she probably has issues with internal parasites.
She also presented with a lot of fleas on her. Contrary to popular belief very few hedgehogs come in with fleas. Hedgehog fleas only live on hedgehogs.
He is presently settling into the rescue and will be tested for endo parasites which become far more common causes of admission as the year draws toward its end. Please keep an eye out for hedgehogs out in daylight and get help straight away.
Two of them were spotted out in the finders garden eating fallen apples to try and stay alive. After calling us the children went to look for any more and heard and found a third.
Mum was found dead in the garden and these three small juveniles are now settling into the rescue together.
Copper wasn't dead but was in a very bad way.
This male hedgehog has suffered an extreme impact trauma to the head, has a possible fractured jaw and issues with the one eye.
The finder attempted to give this little hoglet water and food and thought that it would be OK.
Thankfully they did call us in the end and this little hoglet is now in the rescue. At this size Furz will receive milk re-placer mixed with very high protein food and will go into a heated pen.
Now we are into October Autumn Juvenile Hedgehogs will get into trouble very quickly as natural food diminished and the nights get longer and colder.
Please keep an eye out and if you see a small hedgehog out in daylight, secure and get help.
He has presented in a semi collapsed state and with severe breathing difficulties.
He has started treatment to ease his breathing and to stabilise him and then we can investigate the underlying issue.
Hedgehogs with severe breathing difficulties also have issues eating.
However the second picture tells a story that this few week old hedgehog has already been through quite an ordeal.
Flissy has attacked by a pet dog and this has resulted in a large area of full depth soft tissue being ripped from her back.
This injury will heal, but it will take a very long time.
Please keep dogs in sight. If you know that you dog goes to pick up hedgehogs keep it on a lead at night.
They may be 'mans' best friend, but they aren't always a hedgehogs.
They secured this female hedgehog and brought her in today.
There was a lot of blood on the hedgehog, the dogs and also from a number of puncture bite wounds from the dog.
Now on a course of antibiotics.
There are no obvious injuries so the leg use will be monitored and it will go in for xray if there is an issue.
At the moment Wick is settling into the rescue and will be examined further once a little more settled into her new environment in the hospital.
On admission this hedgehog was struggling to breath and it was very apparent that it had been hit by a car which had caused fractures to both the jaw and snout.
Strong pain relief administered immediately and sadly due to the extent of injuries Dowl will shorty be put to sleep.
This struggling juvenile was spotted out in daylight and fed over a period of three days.
The finder called us today when Tinker started wobbling as sure sign of starting to loose the battle for life. Please get help as soon as you spot a hedgehog out in daylight.
The finder has also recently spotted a large adult and another hoglet dead. The probability is that this is Berries mum and one of her siblings.
The finder is now looking out for signs of any more of this little hedgehogs siblings so that they can be saved and reunited.
This hedgehog has been admitted with one of its back legs seriously lacerated and heavily infected.
The infection will be treated and the leg will have an x-ray to check for any fractures.
If fractures are present then it would need amputation depending on severity.
They thought they had a juvenile but it turned out to be this large adult that had lost both of its eyes (possible pecked out).
The eye areas are very inflamed and this hedgehog will start treatment straight away. Please NEVER keep a hedgehog. Get Help straight away.
Now named Rusty, Copper, Maple and Acorn these two males and two female have weighed in between 157 and 179grams.
They will continue to be raised here at Willows however this late in the year it is very possible that they will have to overwinter with us as well.
She has presented with one back leg missing (although the injury isn't very recent) and also covered in tics.
It would seem that this hedgehog has been struggling on a semi healed stump.
Stumps cause issues with abrasion.
She as is her sibling is an albino and she has now been reunited with River who being doing well at the rescue.
Even though a fairly rare albino both Brook and River will be released back to the wild.
This hedgehog was quite badly shaken by the attack and didn't ball but just shook for quite a while.
She has suffered some bite wounds which have been cleaned and she is on antibiotics and settling into the safety of the hospital.
She has been brought in by the RSPCA and has presented in a semi collapsed and cold condition.
Small hoglets like Russet go down hill very quickly if they don't get help. Please always get help as soon as you see one in trouble, secure and contact a rescue ASAP.
Luckily she was spotted by Worcestershire County Councils principle Ecologist who also happens to be a friend of us here at Willows and so he knew exactly what to do.
She is rather thin and is settling in and will be tested for endo parasites.
She has presented in a very wobbly state, is very thin and is also very cold sure signs that she has been in trouble for some time.
She has gone into a heated pen and has started fluid treatment and tests will most likely prove that she is carrying endo parasites.
Lucky the finders look out for the hedgehogs in their garden providing them with hedgehog homes and leaving food out for the visiting hedgehogs.
Autumn will see many juveniles in get into trouble as natural food decreases so please look out for them and get help.
Their next door neighbour loves hedgehogs and tries to help them as much as possible in her garden. The lady is presently in hospital and when the spotted this hoglet they knew that it was in trouble.
As yet the elderly next door neighbour doesn't know about this little one.
She has presented having obviously lost a lot of weight and she is in a rather poor condition.
Now settling into the rescue and has started treatment for endo parasites and fluids to get her back on her feet.
She has presented with noisy, bubbly breathing and with rather nasty poo. She will now be tested for endo parasites which will most likely reveal that she is suffering from lungworm.
If untreated lungworm turns to pneumonia and leads to death.
She has presented with a line of strimmed spines on the back of her head but luckily no soft tissue damage.
She appears to have lost one eye and the other does not look to be in a good way either. If totally blind she will have to be placed in a secure garden.
The finders spotted him on a path on the way to school and returning and hour later this small hedgehog was still there. They checked on line, realised that this wasn't right and contacted us.
He has presented with fly strike which means that he has been in trouble for some time.
She has been admitted after she was found out in daylight on a house driveway.
As we head into September and towards the end of the year many late juveniles will struggle to survive. Please always secure and get help straight away. Secure first and then call for help as often the hedgehog will wander off.
It has presented in a very poor state. One of the back legs is possibly broken and there are also issues with both the front legs from it struggling to get free.
This hedgehog is off for x-ray. If either front legs are broken it will be put to sleep.
This juvenile is an Albino which although rare are found and admitted. Two other albino European hedgehogs were admitted last year and as they were this year, this juvenile once large enough will be returned to the wild where it belongs.
Sadly this juvenile died shortly after admissions so we had no chance of even finding out what was wrong with this hedgehog.
Time really does count. Please always get help as soon as you think you see a hedgehog in trouble. September onward will see many late juveniles getting into trouble and even a few hours delay can mean the difference between a happy ending or not.
Acorn is far too small to be away from mum and will need hand feeding. Any hedgehog out in daylight is in trouble, so two very good reasons to get help for this small hoglet.
Please always secure and get help straight away.
Apparently this is the second hedgehog that this dog has attacked.
Trixy has presented with broken spines and bite wounds which are being treated.
Please keep an eye on dogs especially if they have attacked wildlife before.
Luckily it seems on examination that the leg isn't broken, but it is extremely swollen from an unknown trauma.
This hedgehog is also quite lethargic so is settling into the rescue & commencing treatment.
Sadly this young hedgehog died within a few hours of admission. She had obviously been in trouble for some time and for her it was already just too late.
Please always get help as soon as possible.
This hedgehog has presented with closed eyes and with its head tilted to one side which can indicate ear issues or head trauma. It has been in trouble for a while and it is apparent that it has lost a considerable amount of weight.
It is however eating and started treatment.
No visible issues but this hedgehog has presented smelling of chemicals of as yet unknown origin.
He has been treated for chemical contact and possible ingestion and is settling into the hospital.
Sadly when this large male was admitted we suspected on initial examination two fractured back legs which emergency vet x-ray confirmed to be correct. Maggots were present indicating the injury was days old.
As a result of both legs being broken the only option was to euthanise.
She has presented in quite a poor state and with quite a lot of fleas on her. Contrary to popular belief very few hedgehogs are admitted with fleas.
Out of the 240 or so admissions this year Treacle is only about the fourth to have fleas.
It was admitted with no visible injuries but in a very poor state and with suspected internal injuries.
Sadly this hedgehog died of its injuries shortly after pain relief. A simple fact that sometimes there is nothing that we can do beyond relieve pain.
This hedgehog has its nest in the finders garden but he noticed that she seemed not to have moved for a couple of weeks and that he could hear very gurgly breathing.
Her breathing is very noisy and it is most likely that this hedgehog has lungworm. At present waiting for a sample to test.
He has admitted in a collapsed state and has had fluids administered.
The finder was initially going to pop him under a hedge but over heard some children saying poking him with a stick. Please always get a hog out in daylight help straight away.
He is in very poor condition and has obviously been in trouble for some time judging by his shape and obvious weight loss. Hedgehogs should be nice and round, long and thin shows they are in trouble.
He has also sustained injuries to one of his back legs and to the one eye and ear area.
He is quite a feisty little hedgehog (which can also be a sign of stress) and at the moment is settling into the rescue.
He has not sustained any injuries so he will be tested for endo parasites which is the most likely cause of his problems and if untreated would lead to death.
She was spotted out in daylight just sat not moving a decking. She was also spotted out in daylight a couple of weeks ago.
She has been moved into one of the large pens and she will be checked to see if she could be pregnant or be a nursing mum. Pregnant and nursing hedgehogs will sometimes forage in daylight.
Kato was tightly entangled around the head, neck and tummy. Netting removed and being treated for constriction injuries.
Please keep netting taut, off the ground and put away when not in use.
318gram juvenile hedgehog Ellie has been admitted after being initially spotted out in daylight a couple of days ago. She was spotted this morning, put somewhere safe (outside) and as she was still in the same place brought in tonight.
She is cold, collapsed, very emaciated and has fly strike (eggs) in her one ear and eye. She has been given injected fluids, had the fly eggs removed and is on heat however she is in a very poorly state.
The contractors accidentally disturbed and uncovered the nest while working but as soon as they realised what had happened they recovered the nest and as mum was still around left the nest alone. They checked this morning and sadly mum had abandoned so they contacted the RSPCA who then brought them into us.
No photograph as this sub 100 gram hoglet was admitted after being spotted out in daylight on an Army barracks over a couple of days. It was caught and it was found to have a wound under one leg. The finder removed the maggots from the wound which indicated that this hoglet had been in trouble for some time and then called us on the third night for help. Sadly be the time this hoglet got here it had already died.
She checked our website, confirmed that hedgehogs shouldn't be out in daylight, called us and brought this small juvenile in.
Please always get help for hedgehogs out in daylight. Secure the hedgehog in a box, put the box somewhere quiet and then contact your nearest rescue.
She was originally admitted as an orphaned hoglet and raised here at Willows and released some time ago back to the finders garden. She continued to visit the same release garden and this year gave birth to a litter of hoglets in the same garden that she was born in.
Twiglet and the nest came in. On full examination (it felt a bit like a CSI exercise!), the dead hoglets at the base of the nest turned out to be a single dead adult hedgehog, one that had been dead for a very long time. The nest Twiglet had used to give birth to her litter was the original nest that she was born in and it would seem that this could be her own mum from when she was rescued a year or so ago. When Twiglet was originally admitted herself as an orphan two of her siblings were found dead with no sign of mum, but of course then the nest was not checked.
The issue now however is the hunt is on for Twiglets hoglets which thankfully are alive and since informing the finder of the situation are being searched for and three have already been secured ready to come in.
This rather old hedgehog has presented with severe breathing difficulties which he is being treated for.
Being both old and in a very poor state at the moment the long term outcome is uncertain for this hedgehog.
He is however a good weight.
He presented absolutely plastered in dog poo and had to have a couple of good baths to remove everything from him.
Settled in and smelling a lot better and presently being check for any other issues that may be present.
On investigation it proved to be this male hedgehog (Chime) who was admitted with massive bit injuries and very deep bit puncture wounds.Sadly the extent of the injuries was that it was put to sleep.
It was first spotted seven days ago and has finally been admitted today.
Please if you see a hedgehog out in daylight secure it and get help straight away. Bumble is cold and quite wobbly and in a far worse state than he would have been a week ago.
It has presented with a number of tics which would have been running it down but it has also been displaying the tell tell cough that accompanied lungworm.
Will be tested and treated.
On admission there doesn't seem to be an issue with any of his legs but there is a small but not too serious laceration to his tummy.
Presently settling into the rescue and awaiting further examination.
This small hoglet had been admitted very cold and wobbly a sign that this hedgehog is close to loosing the battle for life.
If you spot a small hedgehog wandering around in daylight secure it in a box with an old towel or jumper to snuggle up in and contact a rescue straight away. Secure the hedgehog first as they will wander off.
He was frequenting the grounds of a nursing home (where the residents and nursing staff have previously rescued a hedgehog in trouble).
It took a while for them to be able to catch Harry, but he is now safely here.
There are no signs of mum or any other siblings although the finder is keeping an eye out for us when she goes down to tend to her horses.
Hoglet litters can be up to seven so it is important to always keep an eye out for others from the litter.
He has presented with the appearance of being totally blind and is undergoing tests at the moment to check for any vision.
Now named Burt he is settling into the rescue.
If blind he will go to a secure garden.
They knew that hedgehogs should not be out in daylight and within 20 minutes this juvenile was at Willows.
She has presented very wet, very cold, visibly shaking and with signs of a large amount of weight loss.
It was brought in by the RSPCA and on admission it has presented with a very swollen back leg from being constricted in the net. Now on treatment.
If you do find a hedgehog trapped in netting cut the net wide around the animal and let the rescue remove the entangled net.
He had been admitted after it was noticed that he was holding his lower jaw at a strange angle.
The jaw does not appear to be broken but the tongue and jaw soft tissue seem to be quite swollen. This hedgehog will be off for x-ray just in case.
He has presented very wet and cold and with signs of inhalation pneumonia which he is receiving treatment for.
While hedgehogs can swim quite well that cannot keep going forever and often present in a totally collapsed and suffering from hypothermia.
He has presented covered in tics and with wounds to the mouth and one of the front feet. He is also quite thin and has obviously been struggling to survive.
Presently settling into the hospital now with all of the tics removed, treatment for the cuts and receiving support feeds.
They had received a call about abandoned hoglets and they turned out to be these three. Initially taken to our vets ready for us to collect it soon became apparent they they had all been in trouble for some time.
One died at our vets, one in transport leaving just this one with us which is in a very state.
On admission examination Gorse has presented with all the indicators of a major impact trauma to his spine which either has pressure/constriction injuries or is broken.
X-ray and decision from there, however the indicators are of irreparable spinal damage.
The owners had no idea that she was in there and she had been accidentally locked in the premises since the previous Thursday.. five days by the time she got into us.
She has presented very underweight and dehydrated.
Sadly she has been admitted because she has been attacked by the families dog, which up until now has never bothered with wildlife.
She has bite wounds so needs to be treated and the finders are looking for any possible sign of hoglets.
It has admitted in a very distressed state and has presented with a large area of soft tissue laceration and loss to the back on the head.
The injury is consistent with it being a strimmer accident. Please always check before gardening.
She was originally admitted over three and a half years ago and she has been resident in one of our secure gardens for the last three years as a disabled hedgehog.
She has come back in as on the last check her foster carer discovered that she had lost a lot of weight and that her breathing is bubbly.
They kept her overnight and called us the next day. She has presented very underweight at under 500grams and in a total state of collapase.She has suffered a prolapse that with the time delay the soft tissue has started to become necrotic. Sadly it was too late for this hedgehog and she died shortly after admission.
She has been admitted from the same farm as Sugar and Spice.
On checking this poorly adult female hedgehog that has suffered a large amount fo weight loss it is obvious that she had recently been lactating and will be Sugar and Spices mum.
They had last seen the mum a week or so ago but hadn't seen her since and it is very apparent that these hoglets have been a very long time with out mum.
Four of these hoglets, on the brink of death with maggot infested wounds were put to sleep straight away.
The image here on the right isn't a pleasant picture- it is of the four hoglets from this litter of six that were so emaciated, covered in injuries and maggots that the only decision that I could make in the interest of these hoglets was to immediately euthanise.
The two remaining from this litter now named Bobble and Babble are in one of our intensive are incubators and have started to take some re-hydration fluids and weak feeds. They have a long way to go.
This little 200gram female hoglet now named Tictac has been admitted after it was spotted out in daylight in the finders garden. She has presented plastered in large Tics which will have been weakening her considerably.
At first the finder was a little hesitant about picking this little hedgehog up but with a little encouragement is now looking forward to her return when bigger.
The finders think the nest is in the cow shed but in an area that they cannot get to. They have brought these two in and are looking out for more.
Both very malnourished and freeing cold.
It has presented with one heavily infected leg and the possibility that both of its back legs are broken. There is also the possibility from examination that the pelvis may be broken.
X-ray will confirm injuries and a decision can be made from that point.
This small juvenile has admitted in a state of total collapse and is freezing cold.
It has also lost one leg and its tail and may also be be suffering from a prolapse.
Presently in one of the intensive care units but the next 24 hours will be critical for this young hedgehog.
With three lone juveniles admitted in one day please keep an eye out for any small hedgehogs out in daylight.
Secure it straight away before calling a rescue, pop it into a box with something to hide under and then contact a rescue straight away. Don't watch a hedgehog for days.. get it help.
It has suffered multiple full depth soft tissue injuries to the back and sides.
From examination it would appear that these are multiple bite wounds that have ripped the soft tissue away.
This hedgehog is very lucky to be alive and to have been found.
Apart from the severity of the injuries (which will treatment and a lot of time and tlc are recoverable), shock may play a large factor in the fortunes of this hedgehog. Shock kills and this hedgehog is showing signs of this.
Circumstance of these injuries are not known but it is obviously animal attack probably dog. Not fox as this always leaves a distinctive smell.. probably not badger.
Hoglets of this size should not be on their own and any hedgehog wandering around in daylight is in trouble.
Hoglets and juveniles especially will deteriorate very quickly. Please secure and get help.
He has presented feeling very cold and lethargic (a sign that body functions are shutting down).
He was also covered in fly strike (eggs) and has suffered large weight loss indicating that he has been in trouble for sometime.
Presently in a heated pen warming up.
One of our volunteers spotted this juvenile in the road. She stopped her car, stopped the traffic and saved this hedgehogs life.
Dotty has presented in a very agitated state with a damaged eye and impact trauma to the side of the head. She will be treated for head impact trauma and will have an xray to check for any damage to the snout.
He has presented very cold, shaking and underweight.
He is now in a heated pen getting warm.
Please get help as soon as you see a hoglet in trouble as they often deteriorate very quickly, so time counts. Pop it in a box and contact a rescue.
The RSPCA attended the incident and the officer quickly took the adult hog to a vets where the decision to euthanise was made due to the extent of injuries.
Fortunately the RSPCA officer checked and realised that mum was lactating. This resulted in her hoglets being found.
This young hedgehog has suffered extensive injuries after a strimmer was used without checking first.
It has lost large areas of full depth soft tissue (right down to the bone), it's one front foot has been cut in half and its entire lower jaw and snout has been strimmed off.
A few minutes checking saves an animal from injury, unimaginable suffering and in the case of Berry death as he has now been put to sleep.
Check with a gloved hand, a foot or something like a boom handle. Annoying a hedgehog by tapping it means that it will chunter and live. Not checking........
It was lying a few feet away from a hedgerow and after picking it up a couple of park users told me 'we saw that a while ago'. Please don't just leave an animal in trouble. Sadly Lley had suffered severe injuries to the back legs that were heavily infected and has been put to sleep.
The finders were spotting this hedgehog at all hours during the day and knew that this wasn't right. However McQueen proved to be quite the escape artists each time they tried to secure him to bring him in.
Finally secured and here awaiting tests.
She is not a stranger to us here at Willows being a previous rescue that turned out to also be totally blind.
Since rehabilitation she has been a resident in one of our wildlife friendly secure gardens but lately has stopped eating so has come in for a check up.
She noticed that one side of its head appeared to be very swollen.
Cheeky as this hedgehog is now named presented with a very heavily infected and swollen side of it head which burst on admission. Infected area cleaned and flushed and now on antibiotics.
Please always get help straight away if you see a hedgehog out in daylight. Secure in a box and then find a rescue.
Time really counts and juveniles and hoglets deteriorate rapidly so the sooner you get help the better the chance the hedgehog has for recovery.
The finders popped him under a hedge and when he didn't move brought him in.
Please if you are having excavation work cover or secure the holes to avoid wildlife falling in and always get any hedgehog in trouble to a rescue asap. Please don't leave them under a hedge.
The finder returned home from work to find this small hoglet wandering around her garden.
She had previously spotted a very thin adult at night which could be mum in trouble. She is now on the lookout for the adult and any other hoglets.
Dusty, so named as this hedgehog came in in a very dusty state is being checked over for any injuries or bite puncture wounds from the dog.
Dog attack hedgehogs need checking as wounds become infected very quickly.
120 gram sibling of these three now named Boola has been admitted after being spotted out and about in the same garden.
Hoglet litters tend to be between three and seven so we always ask hoglet finders to keep and eye out for more.
They were first spotted out and about on their own on Friday. The finders finally phoned the RSPCA today (Monday) and the RSPCA brought them into us.
They are both starving and freezing cold. The smaller of the two is in a state of collapse and is very emaciated. Please get help straight away not when nearly dead.
They were spotted wandering around the finders garden in daylight.
The only way into the garden is under the gate and there was no sign of mum. These three hoglets are too small to be without mum in the wild. Now settling in.
Mum had made the nest under a bay window behind a free standing air brick.
The builders returned to work on the property and uncovered this sow and her litter. With works going on and the probability of mum abandoning they have all been admitted.
Hopefully mum will continue to raise them for a while. if not she will be released and the hoglets final weeks of raising will pass over to us. Now in a maternity pen and they will be discretely monitored.
Originally three hoglets were found in trouble but only these two subsequently could be found.
Both very hungry, quite cold and sadly Scratchy (left in photo) has fly strike (fly eggs laid on him). There are also live maggots in a nasty puncture wound under the one front leg.
They have a wildlife camera and have seen this female on a number of occasions visiting their garden as well as being 'courted' by boar hedgehogs.
They noticed that she seemed to be dragging one leg and she has been admitted with an injury to the one back leg.
He has been admitted tonight after the finder spotted him again.
A large of spines on his back have been burnt.No soft tissue damage however the spines are very brittle.
This veteran male hedgehog has been admitted after being found out in daylight on the finders drive.
He has been in trouble for some time having lost a lot of weight and weighing in at only 500 grams.
This hedgehog now named 'Lucky' has breathing difficulties from lungworm, large areas of spine loss and has one back leg missing.
She was found stuck in the finders pond this morning and when taken out was unable to walk.
She presented suffering from hypothermia, unable to stop shaking or walk. Put into a heated pen and now, dry, warm and looking a lot brighter.
This small hoglet has admitted in a very poorly state- the difference a couple more days makes.
It is very emaciated, freezing cold and covered in fly strike (eggs). Been out on its own in heat and downpours. This one will be touch and go as to survival.
The finders freed the hedgehog and put it on the ground and noticed that it didn't seem to be able to walk properly.
The hedgehog suffered severe lacerations to the one leg which is also very swollen and ballooned. The leg is also most probably broken as well. Any animal that has been trapped needs to be rescued.
He is an adult hedgehog that has been in trouble for some time and has over time lost probably half his body weight..
Spotted lying on his side in the open in the sunshine he has presented very emaciated, with fly strike (eggs) and live maggots. This indicates that he has been in trouble for some time before finally collapsing today.
They were found in the open during daylight with the one going around in circles.
They have presented very underweight and by their wrinkly bellies have been fed for a while hence why they have wandered from the nest.
They hare both quite huffy and in fairly good condition but are obviously in trouble coming out in daylight and far too small to be without mum.
Mum could have been killed or it could have been nest disturbance. The finders are on the look out for more.
Mum was fine and discharged, the two hoglets staying here as mum would now abandon them.
The one hoglet was encircled in plastic and has suffered soft tissue laceration to its back, under the one leg and the tummy. Very nasty injuries- under treatment.
It was out in daylight and the finders were taking notice when their Rottweiler picked Arnie up. They had to put their hand into the dogs mouth to get this hoglet out.
There was blood evident but extraordinarily 89 gram Arnie is absolutely fine and the blood was from the dog.
She had been spotted out in daylight with another sibling. When the finders went to secure the two hoglets so they could be brought to us the one hoglet had wandered off.
Rosie is in quite a poorly state but is in with two other hoglets of the same size as hoglets do better together..
She has admitted with her mouth stuck together with baked earth and grass and her feet caked with rock hard earth and grass. She also has a laceration wound.
It looks as though she has been dragged around.
Settling in with two other new admissions.