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Mum had built her nest under a section of tarpaulin. She was obviously doing OK with her litter of hoglets until the last few days.
Finders spotted mum and Kitty out in daylight and checked the nest. All the other hoglets were dead and Kitty has admitted with a very shrunken tummy from lack of food. Mum being monitored in the wild.
As can been seen from the admission photograph this hedgehog is in a state of total collapse.
It has been in trouble for some time, lost a lot of weight and its body functions are basically shutting down.
Presently in a heated pen & on s/c fluids.
This hedgehog fell into one of the 2ft deep holes and couldn't get out. It is probable that it was stuck for at least three days.It has been out in hot sun and downpours. Has lost a lot of weight, has injuries and has worn it claws to stumps.
These five were in a nest in a poly tunnel. Mum had been seen around quite a lot in daylight and from the state of these hoglets she hasn't been around for a couple of days.
They have presented freezing cold, emaciated and near death.
They are In one of our intensive care units.
Please never try to raise hoglets as it is round the clock, requires heated pens, special formulas and constant monitoring. These very small hoglets are in a lot of trouble. Even with our incubators, years of experience of hand raising hoglets and the special formulas that we carry we have a real battle on to save them.
He is now in an incubator gently trying to warm him and sustain/stabilse his life so we can then start the longer battle to save him.
He presented covered in fly eggs which indicates that he has been immobile for at least a couple of days.
The finders at first thought that she was dead.
They after speaking to us got her onto some gentle warmth for her journey to the hospital and she is now in one of the intensive care units getting warm before she starts fluid treatment pre hand feeds.
A lot of people had just walked past this little hoglet but the finder took him home and then contacted us.
Joe was very very hungry when he arrived and he also may have some tummy issues. So it's a poo sample required from Joe and he will be hand raised and treated.
His other litter mate Bark was caught and admitted yesterday but NikNak bolted under a shed.
This afternoon this juvenile ventured out and has now been reunited with his sibling in the rescue.
He has been coming out at all hours and the neighbour realised on going around to have a look that cookie was probably totally blind.
This is indeed the case and although he is a good weight being blind means that he cannot tell day from night.
He was spotted a second time and he hadn't moved, the finder also noticed that there seemed to be blood coming from his snout.
Cookie has presented with blood coming from the nasal passage and with a trauma injury to the one side of the head..
She has presented looking in good shape but she is making nasal noises and whimpering.
She has been admitted and is settling into a pen awaiting further investigation into the issues.
Early this evening he was curled up on the back step.
Now here settling in with another lone 100 gram orphan as the company often helps the hoglets to settle in and progress easier.
Adults solitary, hoglets like company.
Bark is a 280 gram male juvenile hedgehog that along with another sibling has been spotted over a number of days wandering around in the finders garden in daylight after a neighbour had a shed removed.
The two juveniles have been taking left out food but they are coming out at all hours.Today Bark was caught- the other juvenile hasn't been spotted.
In the time of making the call to us one of the three has ran off and under a shed. This hoglet is still in trouble and now on its own and we hope the finders can catch it when it next comes out.
The two admitted have weighed in at just over a hundred grams each and have been struggling for some time.
The one has a lot of fly eggs laid on it which in a couple more days would have emerged into maggots which would have started to eat this hoglet alive. The second (Leaf) has several laceration injuries.
They are also very thin and have obviously been struggling to look after themselves for some time without mum around.
The finders were carrying out work in their garden with the aid of a mechanical digger when they noticed mum. They subsequently found four small hoglets.
The nest was destroyed and the hoglets and mum could not be left out in the open.
After such nest destruction mum would have quite probably abandoned or tried to move just a couple of the hoglets.
They have been put into a maternity pen with mum and will be discretely monitored in the hope that the sow will continue to raise them. If she doesn't then we will have to take over the raising of these four hoglets and mum will be released back into the wild.
She was moved into the finders garden who provided her with food and water. She was not very active and they brought her in today.
She has presented very underweight, in a state of collapse, wet and freezing cold. Had fluids, injected vitamins & now on heat
He was spotted out in daylight wandering along the road.
He has presented in a very poor state, cold, very underweight and walking very high on his legs. No external injuries so a sample will be taken as soon as possible and checked under the microscope.
Mum continued to raise them in the rescue and she has done extremely well with them. She has however lost a massive amount of weight and we have taken the decision to take over the rearing of these hoglets.
She was moved by the finder into a garden and hours later she was still out in daylight acting very stressed.
She has been admitted into the hospital and signs indicate that she is not thankfully a nursing sow. She is under observation and samples will be taken.
He is a very good weight and from pigmentation loss could be an old hedgehog.
There is possible some issues with the snout. He is settling into the rescue and will be examined further to determine issues.
She came in at a very good weight and with no sign of injury, being in trouble or with any signs of being ill.
We have made the judgement call from examination that she is a pregnant sow that is making the use of extra time to build her nest and gain weight. Released.
Mum, Fliss was admitted after being attacked by a dog a few weeks ago. She had finished her treatment but on the day she was to be released she gave birth in the rescue. She has been left to accept her young but tonight the pen had to be cleaned and her four young were quickly checked.
The finder very quickly recovered the nest as soon as she realised what had happened. Mum ran off but the hoglets (now named Simon, Bill and Kate in homage to the original Springwatch) and nest were monitored to see if mum would come back as the disturbance had been momentary. Sadly she didn't return.
He has been admitted weighing only 430 grams and had a seriously fractured back leg that was maggot infested on admission indicating this happened a few days ago.
Settling into the rescue, maggots flushed out and on pain relief and antibiotics. The back leg will be amputated when he is strong enough to go under.
The owner of the next allotment noticed this hedgehog entangled in the netting today. It died within minutes of admission. It must have been slowly dying over several days. Back leg dislocated from struggling and being eaten alive from maggots.
Found first thing this morning in the pond, he was taken out and left to dry out in the sun. This evening he was found back in the pond clinging to a plant. He has presented circling, wet and cold with cuts to ear and snout and a number of bite wounds to his back. He will be treated for hypothermia, inhalation pneumonia and infection.
She has been checked on admission to see if she is possibly pregnant or has already given birth and as far as we can tell she isn't pregnant or nursing.
She is settling into the rescue so a sample can be taken to determine any issues present.
On admission he has proved to be a very large male hedgehog weighing in at over a kilogram.
He hasn't sustained and obvious injuries and looks perfectly healthy. It may be that this is a case of disturbance but we will take a sample and if Arris proves to be OK he will be released as soon as possible.
She is not a young hedgehog and she has presented very thin and pinched at the back end and with an injury above her one eye. More concerning is that she appears to have suffered some kind of impact trauma on the bridge of her snout which needs further investigation. Her eyes are sunken another sign of being in trouble.
One of the front legs has sadly been severely lacerated and badly fractured in the accident.
Please if you have traps ensure that they are humane if not destroy them and if needed replace with a humane one.
This is borne out by the fact that the injuries that this hedgehog sustained a number of days ago are heavily maggot infested.
This hedgehog has suffered a severe strimmer laceration to the back of the head.
Please get help straight away.
Now settling into the rescue ready for the first feed.
If you find a single hoglet or a couple don't delay in getting help but also keep an eye out afterwards. Where there is one hoglet there are more- up to seven in fact in a litter.
On admission check we found no injuries, no signs of ill health and the hedgehog weighed in at over 1kg.
We have had to make a decision call and have returned on the premise that this is a pregnant sow. Released back, marked and with finders watching out for it.
The mum was observed yesterday but she had not been seen since and these hoglets were crawling from the nest stressed that mum wasn't around.
They have weighed in between 14 and 24 grams and are are hours not days old. Now in ICU but chances are slim.
At this time of year we always have to consider pregnant and nursing sows.
On initial examination she does not appear to be either. She is under observation, waiting for samples.
The finder was a neighbour of one of our hospital volunteers and they took it straight around to her.
It is underweight and pinched and polished off a bowl of food straight away.
Waiting for samples to determine issue.
On quick on site check she appeared to have one leg missing however on full examination she was just hiding it well and has four!
The finder has reported up to three hedgehogs in her garden at any one time which is good news.
At first they thought that it might be a pregnant female but Pippin is definitely a male hedgehog and he is now settling into the rescue.
Pippin was observed wobbling which is always a sign of underlying issues.
In fact this female hedgehog had been out in daylight for a couple of days on the lawn but the finder didn't realise that it was a hedgehog.
Today they realised that she wasn't a pile of leaves and she was admitted into the hedgehog hospital.
Mum and four hoglets were rescued. Mum weighing in at just over 800 grams and the hoglets all around the 50 gram mark.
They are now settling into the rescue and mom is being monitored closely hoping she will continue to feed them.
One of the hoglets has sustained an injury which has been treated.
The nest was inside plastic sheeting and bags next to a Gas canister. They were found when a bag was moved and they fell out.
There were four hoglets but two were dead on arrival at the rescue scene.
Mum and the 22 gram and 17 gram hoglets are now in the rescue.
She was actually first spotted on Monday and finally brought into us on Wednesday.
She is struggling to breath, is in a very poorly way and is presently in one of the incubators as we try to stabilse her before diagnosis and the commencement of treatment.
Time counts please get help straight away.
The are a number of nasty bite wounds and a suspected broken leg which has been X-rayed and lucky is not broken.
Rosewood is covered in her own and the dogs blood and is at the moment recovering from anesthesia and constantly shaking.
She has weighed in at only 460 grams and will be checked for internal parasites due to no obvious external injuries.
Quite a lot of very underweight hedgehogs being admitted probably 2014 juveniles. Please keep an eye out for OID hedgehogs
In fact this hedgehog had been spotted a few times out in daylight and had even taken to following the finder around in the garden.
They realised that this wasn't right and contacted us and now Rush is settling in.
They put some cat food out for him and he ate ravenously as though he hadn't eaten for days.
Now in the rescue settling in post examination. No obvious injuries so we will test for endoparasites..
She has presented with an injury behind one ear which flies have laid eggs in (flystrike) and with discharge from both of her eyes.
Her breathing is also quite noisy.
He was wandering about in the road during morning traffic and trying to get up onto the pavement. The lady kindly pulled over and saved this hedgehogs life.
He has presented with issues with the one eye and cuts around the other undamaged eye.
It has come into us with what seems to be a case of partial pop off syndrome where the muscle at the skirt used to ball rides up the back immobilizing the hedgehog.
The finder did watch it for an hour before deciding something was wrong but they did call. Please hog in daylight get help asap.
On examination apart from having over a hundred and thirty large tics on it this hedgehog has also suffered a sizable laceration to the underside which flies have laid eggs in.
It may also have issues with one leg
She has received treatment for pain, inflammation and infection and by the look of the fracture she will have to have the leg amputated.
Post treatment she will be monitored for how well she copes with three legs.
She realised that this was not right and that this hedgehog seemed to be dragging at the back.
Timmy has been admitted with one of his back legs totally missing. The cause of the injury is unknown at present.
She was found trapped in a construction net stuck halfway in and out of a net hole.
She has to be monitored for any constriction injury issues however due to her weight and round belly we are sure she is pregnant. She is in a large maternity pen and will be discretely monitored.
The owners of the shed realised that she had been trapped in there for a number of days and actually dismantled the shed to free her.
She has come in for evaluation and the finders are installing a hedgehog home ready for her return.
The finder didn't 'know what to do' and left her in the gutter contacting us when he got home.
We responded and found her in pain and very cold in the gutter. Most likely an RTA and being treated for trauma.
Please always secure in a box & then call.
She was spotted by a cyclist who while out riding spotted this hedgehog in the middle of the path and very wobbly on its feet.
Doxy has admitted in a very cold state and is very wobbly. She is currently in one of the heated pens and is receiving fluids to stablise her and then we can get to the bottom of the issues and start treatment..
Not surprisingly as the hedgehog is yet another victim of someone not checking for wildlife including hedgehogs before using a strimmer.
Not that you can call a strimmer injury lucky but luckily for Bran he has suffered an area of sliced spines and a small wound area.
This adult hedgehog has just been admitted.
Found out in daylight and 'in a bad way'. The finders hoping we could save it.
This hedgehog is in an extremely 'bad way'. It face has been sliced in half by a petrol strimmer. The result is that within 5 minutes of admission we have an emergency vet on the way out to us. Cost £100+. Cost of not checking before strimming- A LIFE!
The pond was empty and the fall around three feet so this hedgehog has been admitted to check for any injuries sustained.
The finder is in the process of making a solid cover for this ornamental fish pond and once this has been made and installed Rusty will then return.
He has been admitted in a very hyperactive and agitated state including exhibiting penis chewing which as you can imagine can cause issues.
So far this hedgehog has had nearly a hundred tics removed which have ran him down considerably. There are still a lot more tics to remove.
She has presented with blood coming from her nostrils and present around her snout
She is presently undergoing examination to determine the nature and extent of injuries.
Please remember that hedgehogs should not be out in daylight.
It was admitted after being spotted on the pavement by a lady walking home from work.
The hedgehog presented with no jaw or snout and half of its face hanging off. Put to sleep immediately.
She is a very old hedgehog (what we call a veteran hog!) identifiable from various indicators including teeth and pigment loss.
She has presented with very bubbly breathing which will probably be identified as lungworm once we have a 'sample'.
She has admitted in a very poorly state having obviously lost a lot of weight.
The prompt actions of the finders of getting help ASAP means that this hedgehog has a far better chance of recovery.
Dog bites become infected very quickly so please always ensure that help is sought from a rescue straight away.
Ideally try to prevent it happening in the first place.
Although she may look healthy on the outside there are obviously issues here with her being so small and being out in daylight.
Most often in these cases the issues are internal parasite burdens.
Admitted tonight she is now in a state of total collapse with her body functions shutting down.
Please as soon as you see a hedgehog in trouble secure it and contact a rescue. Time does matter.
He was spotted by the finders out after dusk which is as it should be, but he was constantly going around in circles.
Constant circling in a hedgehog is a sign that there is something very wrong even if the hedgehog looks otherwise healthy and uninjured.
He has admitted in a poor state and is very wobbly which is a sign that this hedgehog is in severe trouble.
He is receiving fluid support and has been put into a heated pen to try and stabilise him before we can get to the root of the cause of the issues this little chap is suffering from.
The finders had been away for the weekend and when they returned they found Cob just keeping his head above water. It is possible that he had been trapped in the pond for over 48 hours.
He has been admitted with hypothermia and possible fluid inhalation into the lungs.
The finder call us a few days ago but was unable to grab this little guy but today they manged to get hold of him and now he is with us in the rescue.
He is settling into the rescue. Please always get help for hogs out in daylight.
The finders didn't realise until they had removed the shed floor.
This hog is spending a few days with us until the garden works are completed.
The finders are also going to put a hedgehog home into the garden.
She was spotted in the finders garden in daylight over a couple of days but they were unable to catch her.
She has presented with one fractured back leg with drag wounds and sadly for this hedgehog the other back leg is missing.
This means that she will have to be PTS.
He has been admitted with puncture wound injuries and swelling around the one back leg and possibly a fracture/ fractures to the same leg.
Not sure of the causes in this case however treatment given for obvious injuries and this hedgehog will be off for x-ray to ascertain the extent of injuries to the leg.
She has presented with some blood around her snout, a graze to her one ear and lacerations around the eye on the same side.
It is possible that she has been clipped by a car and is being treated for her injuries and possible impact trauma.
She was first spotted on Sunday out in daylight and she was captured and admitted today four days later.
This hedgehog has lost a lot of weight and has been in trouble for some time and now is failing rapidly with her body shutting down.
Called Hedgie by the finders daughter she was spotted in their garden out in daylight.
She has a very badly fractured back leg with the bone protruding through the skin and this will result in the back leg having to be amputated.
This is the second rescued by the finders
The loo hadn't been check the previous night so this hedgehog has possibly been stuck in the there for 24 hours or more.
It has suffered chemical burns and loss of soft tissue from the feet and snout and is being treated for burns, fluid inhalation and poisoning.
It is hard to put into words the emotions that boil every time we receive an admission in this state.
This 800 gram male hedgehog has basically had its face strimmed off all for the sake of taking a few minutes to check. Sadly there is no happy ending possible for this hedgehog. Had highest dose of pain relief and will be euthanized asap.
She is in a state of total collapse where her body is basically shutting down and she is very close to death.
She has been placed into one of the intensive care units and is receiving fluid to simply try and stabilize her body functions. If successful we can then start to treat the root causes however her chances are slim.
There is blood on the hedgehog but on preliminary check it appears to be from the dog and not the hedgehog. Dog bites become infected very quickly & then become maggot infested so please always get any dog attack hedgehog to a rescue ASAP. Further checks once settled.
Moss has been admitted after being spotted outside in daylight in front of an industrial/business unit in a very busy town. Luckily the finder took her straight to a vet practice who then contacted us as one of the vet nurses originally worked at our vets.
She has weighed in at only 430grams which is very light for a hedgehog so she has been struggling for some time or possible has not long woken from hibernation- some can wake very late.
She is now settling into the rescue.
He is a good weight appears healthy and has presented with no obvious injuries so we are checking for endoparasites.
It could possibly be a nest disturbance as Spring sees people starting to work in the garden. However there could be other issues so please remember that hedgehogs are nocturnal.
She was taken directly to one of the branches of our vets and she is now with us.
The little hog has suffered a nasty puncture penetrating right through her snout and most likely from a spiked implement- probably gardening.
The wound has been glued and she is now on pain relief and antibiotics.
On admission one leg was sticking out but this hedgehog wouldn't unball for examination.
Sadly the injury was not to the leg but a serious, large and fatal puncture wound to the belly and into internal organs.
Possibly dog attack as admitted smelling strongly of urine.
January - March 2015
He has presented with some damage to his teeth and mouth and smelling very strongly of dog urine.
Circling is an indicator of serious issues.
The finders were removing a decking seating area and had been working with saws and electric circular saws all day. Right at the end they spotted this 700gram male in his nest of leaves.
Luckily uninjured but staying here while the finders build a hedgehog home.
He has admitted with a sizable area of cleanly broken spines and a damaged eye. Although no lacerations are present the area by the broken spines is raised and is causing him discomfort.
The finder doesn't want Oslo returned once he is fit for the wild again.
He has admitted in a very agitated state, constantly circling and with issues with one eye.
He was spotted in mid afternoon, out in daylight being pecked at by Magpies.
Any hedgehog out in daylight is in trouble and circling is always very concerning.
He was found in the middle of the road after being hit by a car.
Sadly he has sustained very serious injuries to the snout and jaw and has had to be euthanised.
It is very sad to think that this hedgehog has made it though the majority of the coldest weather to be fatally injured on the road.
This hedgehog even though eating well has lost weight since it has been admitted and has proved positive for a heavy roundworm burden.
Treatment has started.
Please check for hibernation nest before carrying out work..once a nest is destroyed then the hedgehog will need help. Even worse you could injure the hedgehog during the work. Hedgehogs rely on a well built nest to keep the temperature up in order to survive hibernation.
She was in hibernation and admitted at 600grams in weight. With work going on and no where suitable to relocate her to she was admitted to see the winter through in the rescue.
Please check for hedgehogs pre working.
This hedgehog was still in hibernation and could not be simply left out in the cold in an unsuitable nest so he came in to finish the winter off in the rescue.
Please be wildlife aware when carrying out any work in the garden.
Hedgehogs of this weight cannot survive hibernation so continue in the fruitless effort to find food to gain the weight needed.
The food isn't there and so they get into a vicious circle of loosing more weight while trying to find food to gain weight.