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She has been in trouble for some time and has presented emaciated, in a state of collapse, freezing cold as her body shuts down, covered in fly strike (fly eggs). She is in serious trouble and is presently in ICU trying to stabilise her body functions in order for her to have any chance.
The previous day he had been spotted wandering around the finders garden and today was spotted motionless on their lawn in daylight.
Please always get help straight away, out in daylight is not normal behaviour.
One of the concerns when sow hedgehogs are brought in is the possibility of their being pregnant. Sometimes the signs are there but if on a long course of treatment and early in gestation then their is no visible indication of pregnancy. Therefore all large females are treated as though they may pregnant.
One sow has given birth to four hoglets and a second has given birth to three hoglets. All hoglets are looking well. Once it has been verified that they have given birth the nesting area is not touched for a week to allow mum and hoglets to bond and settle.
two of their litter siblings were killed by the gulls, a third was carried off by one of the gull and these lucky three were saved by a worker on the industrial park.
They are all very cold and are presently warming up in the rescue after which they will be examined for injuries.
This small hedgehog has presented with one of its back legs severely fractured and only hanging on bit a small amount of soft tissue. Bud smells strongly of urine and it is most likely that it was attacked by an animal. The leg will be amputated as soon a Bud is strong enough.
Kitty has presented with injuries to the one eye and injuries to her mouth. There is also possible evidence of trauma to the back of the head.
She is presently settling into the rescue and has started treatment for her injuries.
Newborn hoglets; Choo-Choo, Spook, Benny & Brain weighing in at 10, 12, 13 and 15grams were rescued today by the RSPCA and subsequently brought into us at Willows.
Mum had been hit by a car in a car park and sadly didn't make it but she did instantly give birth to these four hoglets before she died. They are now in intensive care in the main hospital here at Willows.
She was attending a garden open day when she spotted this juvenile motionless on the lawn and out in daylight.
Karen immediately sprang into action and rescued this struggling juvenile and he is now in the hospital safe and awaiting tests.
She is emaciated, has injuries to one eye and her mouth, is covered in flystike and has newly 'hatched' ,maggots in her eyes, ears and mouth. If Evie had been rescued when first spotted chances of survival would be many times better then now.
On admission there doesn't seem to be any signs of bite marks so Ernest being a good size will be monitored for a couple of days and will then hopefully be back off to the wild.
Please keep and eye on dogs and always get help if your dog picks up a hedgehog.
At least another six hoglets born in the rescue to two admissions. Both nursing sows now in isolation and not being disturbed so updates in a week or so on these new admissions.
The two small hoglets are the only two to be found from the litter and they have now been admitted after the RSPCA was called out.by the finder.
They are now settling into an incubator and will be hand raised here. Please check before working outdoors.
This small male hedgehog has been admitted in a state of agitated distress with one of his eyes possibly lost and injuries to his one ear.
Now settling into the rescue and hopefully will calm down a little after his ordeal.
She was spotted by the finder in the road gutter with a group of children crowding around her poking her with sticks. Conny has presented with serious head trauma, head tilted, blood from the one ear and with out motor control. She is being treated for serious head trauma and will be monitored closely.
He has presented with a lacerated snout, bleeding from the nostrils and with very bubbly breathing.
Immediately treated to stop infection, curb pain, ease breathing and now settling into the rescue. Harris is in a very poorly state and will be monitored very closely.
620gram male hedgehog Chance has been admitted after he was originally spotted several days ago wandering around in daylight. For the last twenty four hours or so he was motionless on the finders lawn.
Chance has been admitted close to death, freezing cold, emaciated and covered in fly eggs. Please if you see a hog in trouble get help straight away.
He was just sat under a fence panel and when the finders checked him he went into the next garden and just sat out in the open by another fence.
He is now in the rescue and is under observation for issues.
She has presented looking in good health and at a good weight. As with all sow hedgehogs at this time of year she has been checked to see if she is suckling young or about to give birth.
She appears to be neither and will be monitored.
It is an unfortunate series of events that have brought them here. It seems that due to recent rains and flooding mum had moved the hoglets one by one into the finders garage sometime last night to save them as they were not in there previously.
The mum will have carried these three little hoglets one by one to safety, getting one to safety and then returning for another.
They are now with us in the rescue and settling in. Terror is a very protective and huffy little hoglet but will soon settle down.
These three hoglets are around two weeks old and their eyes are just starting to open.
She has admitted in an extremely poorly state. She is very thin, extremely cold, wobbly and very obviously has a massive internal parasite burden which she has been suffering from for some time.
Esme is in a critical condition.
This mum and newborns were not in the shed yesterday and she had presumably entered the shed overnight to give birth. It is possible that her own nest had been washed out with the recent rains. She had made a nest as best as she could in a pile of old plastic coverings.
Mum and hoglets now settled into a maternity pen.
The finders think that he was in there for at least two days and he has presented with mud and possibly concrete dust caked all over him. This poor hedgehog also admitted with blood all over him from his feet where he had been trying to get out of the hole.
She was spotted out in daylight and it was lucky that the finders spotted her. She has a very severe case of mites (which can be seen in the condition of the skin) but she also has a very badly fractured back leg that has soft tissue lacerations right through to the bone.
He has presented smelling very strongly of Petrol (Gasoline). He is also having difficulty breathing and has very swollen feet which could be from chemical contact.
Receiving treatment and under close observation. If Bunny has inhaled petrol into her lungs or stomach then the outlook might not be bright.
The family has had hedgehogs visiting their garden for over four years and the dog a Rottweiler has never gone after or shown any interest in the visiting hedgehogs. However this night the dog did and threw Tammy around for several minutes.
They weren't in there the day before as the stables are cleaned out every day but this morning mum and four hoglets were found.
The stables are a busy working environment and the owners also have a tenacious terrier dog so this hedgehog family was brought into the rescue. Mum and hoglets are now settled into a maternity pen and hopefully mum will continue to raise them.
The hoglets have been recently born and they are far better off being raised by mum rather than by us. They will be monitored for any signs of rejection and is she does reject them then we will have to take over raising them..
He was was also spotted as wobbling on the path a sign that this juvenile hedgehog is in serious trouble and close to collapse. He is also walking with a slight limp which is being investigated.
Harvey is now settling into the rescue with supportive fluids.
This hedgehog admitted in a terrible state with a number of bite wounds and lacerations as well as a smashed lower jaw.
This male had been attacked by an animal some time ago as it presented with fly eggs and live maggots in the wounds. Put to sleep straight away.
He has presented with a lot of cleanly broken spines, he is very thin and although huffy he flops to one side after a few moments.
Settling into the rescue, receiving supportive fluids while issues are determined.
This hedgehog was spotted out in daylight constantly circling and on admission it was very apparent that there had been trauma to the head.
X ray it showed that this hedgehog had suffered fractures to the skull and jaw as well as lacerations to the tongue. Euthanised immediately.
This male hedgehog was wandering around the garden and in and out of the road. The finders wife realised that this was not normal behaviour and they contacted us.Robbie has presented with very bubbly breathing and a tell tale lungworm cough. Settling into the hospital and treatment will start after tests.
They were spotted by the finder on the morning school run. These two hoglets were curdled up together in the roadside gutter. Jess and Tess has presented in a very cold state and their little bodies are basically shutting down.
They are now in intensive care in the hospital and once warmed up will receive rehydration support before feeding.
We had a call about a hedgehog out in daylight covered in either tics or flystrike. The finder couldn't find the hedgehog when he went back but a couple of days later on the night he caught and brought in the hedgehog.
Sadly the hedgehog that was brought in was not the hedgehog in trouble. This large male now named Ollie is in good health and after a quick check over went straight back to the finders garden.
She has presented with one of her back legs missing and the wound heavily infected. She also has lacerations around the genitals and a puncture wound by one of her front legs.
She is being treated but the lacerations will need careful examination to check the extent of the damage.
We have now removed the netting and she is under observation. Hedgehogs suffer deep lacerations, fractures and a possible lingering death from netting so please keep netting off the ground, taut or packed away.
She has presented with blood around her mouth and a number of missing teeth. It is evident that she has suffered impact trauma to the mouth area and she is also being monitored for and sign of neurological issues which can accompany head trauma.
It was actually a pet dog that raised the alarm by being interested in one area. When the finders checked what the dog was interested in they found that this hedgehog has fallen through gaps in breeze blocks into building foundation works.
Admitted very dusty and muddy and being checked over.
Growl arrived here at 3.30am and has proved to have a very heavy lungworm burden. Now settling into the hospital and has started treatment for lungworm and breathing issues.
Named Growler as this hedgehog has extremely noisy breathing.
Florence was spotted out in daylight in the finders garden and the finder realised that something was wrong with her back legs.
This small hedgehog has presented with one back leg totally missing and after having lost a large amount of weight.
January - May
At this time of year sadly pregnant hedgehogs get injured and while being treated we sometimes find surprises. Mum and hoglets were immediately isolated and now a week later a check was made and all four hoglets are doing fine.
With births in the rescue as soon as we are aware that they have taken place we do not disturb mum for at least a week so that she can hopefully bond with her hoglets and raise them herself. Food & water is changed along with basic cleaning but not in the nesting area and disturbance is kept to a minimum otherwise mum can reject or even kill her newborns.
Winny was originally admitted in 2010 after she lost a back leg. She coped well after treatment but not well enough for full release back into the wild.
Winny has lost a massive amount of weight and she is in intensive care. At, at least 7 years old she is a very old hedgehog now.
This extremely underweight hedgehog was spotted in the verge opposite the finders house.
They secured him and Ernie is now settling into the rescue. He has presented in a very cold and wobbly condition and with all the signs of a heavy endo parasite burden.
The finders noticed this underweight hedgehog motionless in a grass verge and realised that this was not normal behaviour.
The secured Bert and contacted us. Bert has admitted with a very large number of large tics. Over 50 already removed and more to be removed. Bert also has injuries to his snout.
She has presented in a massively underweight state, with a laceration to one front leg, a lacerated and infected back leg and also with no sight and with both eyes closed.
She has received immediate fluids, antiboitics and pain relief and is in intensive care,
She has been admitted with a lacerated and swollen back leg which will need x ray to check for any fractures and from there we can determine the course of action..
She is presently settling into the rescue after receiving fluids pain relief and antibiotics.
She has presented in a state of total collapse with very little stimulus response, with large areas of broken spines and also with her feet and snout covered in fine white/grey powder. Possible that Dusty has been the victim of building work.
This small male has presented with areas of blood on his spines, a lot of broken spines, soft tissue puncture wounds and a badly fractured back leg.
The most likely cause is that Brom has been attacked by an animal and is lucky to be alive.
The gardener was working and accidentally destroyed this nursing hedgehogs maternity nest. She immediately bolted and luckily the gardener had the presence of mind to capture her and call for advice straight away.
With the nest destroyed mum and hoglets are now in a quiet maternity pen and we are hoping that mum won't now reject.
He has at some point fractured a back leg but this is an old injury and luckily this has healed quite well allowing him to get around with a slight limp. However this is not the cause of his being out in daylight and with no other obvious injuries he is being tested for internal parasite issues.
Daisy was out in daylight and was being stamped on by a young girl. The group of friends including the lady who brought the hedgehog in grandson protected and rescued this hedgehog. The grandson is autistic and is bullied at school for being different. Today he showed courage, empathy & compassion and saved this small hedgehogs life.
He has presented in a very agitated state, suffering from massive weight loss and has immediately received fluids. The finders did try to give Axle Milk. Please never give hedgehogs milk this can make them very poorly and if already ill make them a lot worse.
At present we don't have much information on the circumstances on finding and we are settling this hedgehog in and will make contact with the finders to ascertain the circumstances of finding. Please if you take an animal to a vets leave your details & description of finding.
She was spotted in the middle of the road and the finders called the RSPCA who then brought her to us. She is a very small hedgehog and admitted with a number of tics on her which have now been removed. At present settling into the hospital and tests will be made to check for internal parasite issues.
He has presented with injuries and lacerations around the back legs and also smelling very strongly of infection.
He also has all the signs of possibly having a punctured bowl and will receive emergency treatment. If he does prove to have a punctured bowl then the outlook isn't good for this hedgehog.
He has presented dragging one back leg and x-ray will be taken to check for fractures and the possibility of splint or need for amputation. He also has a number of injuries around the back leg area.
Settling into the rescue on pain relief and antibiotics awaiting x-ray.
This hedgehog has presented in a very thin and wobbly state and has very obviously been struggling with illness for some time. Now settling into the rescue for tests.
However that was not the end of this hedgehogs misfortune as he then managed to fall into a drain. The finder rescued him from the drain and he has been admitted in a very stressed and agitated state. Now settling into the rescue.
The finders spotted him laid on a path and took him home. After a number of conversations they brought this hedgehog in and he has presented in a sate of collapse and with little response. Please do not DIY, get to a rescue ASAP where the proper diagnosis & treatment can be started.
The RSPCA inspector rescued this hedgehog from a drain and he has presented smelling strongly of chemicals. Baths to neutralise and chemicals and precautionary meds for aspiration pneumonia.
Being monitored closely.
She was found locked in a shed and she has presented very underweight, very lethargic, cold and with a large number of broken spines of which the cause is unknown.
Izzy is now setting in the hospital on warmth after receiving fluids and will be further tested for any possible internal parasite issues.
The details as to original admission are somewhat lacking and this hedgehog is being checked over for any issues pre any course of treatment can be started.
Den will be monitored and tested over the coming days and treatment for any issues will then start.
Another rescue by the RSPCA and brought to us here at Willows- this hedgehog has a puncture wound from the back right through and out the tummy caused by a garden fork.
Luckily no signs of spinal or organ damage.
He was rescued by the RSPCA and later admitted here at Willows.
Luckily this hedgehog has not suffered any soft tissue lacerations or bone fractures but he is being checked and monitored for any issues post the removal of the netting.
427gram female hedgehog Daisy has been admitted after being spotted out in daylight.
The finders originally spotted her three days ago out in daylight, then again yesterday and today she was laid on a log pile in the sun. She has admitted very underweight and with the signs of a very heavy internal parasite burden. A couple more days and she would have been dead.
This hedgehog was constantly circling which can be caused by blindness, stress or blunt force trauma.
One of Twirls eyes is closed ans she is in a very poor and agitated condition. Now settling into the hedgehog hospital so further investigation can be made.
She was spotted out in daylight and the finders moved her under a hedge. She was still out this evening wobbling and wandered under the finders car. The finders visited our website and realised that out in daylight and wobbling are both very bad signs.
Hedgehogs can swim well but not indefinitely and without a slope to help them get out they drown. These workmen saved Bobs life by spotting him, fishing him out and the getting him to us.
he is now settling in and is being treated for aspiration pneumonia.
She was spotted by the finder on her lawn early in the afternoon, out in the heat.
She has presented in a state of total collapse, almost flat from massive weight loss and dehydration and also covered in fly strike (fly eggs). Bluebell has been struggling for some time and in this state the outcome here is by no means certain.
The image says it all really. This hedgehog was admitted very much alive but with horrific injuries to the head. This kind of injury is normally the consequence of a gardening incident where a nesting hedgehog like Anna is hit with a gardening tool. The only course of action in the instance of injuries like this is to put this hedgehog to sleep immediately to end the suffering.
The finders look out for their visiting hedgehogs and leave food out for them. They knew that something must be wrong and contacted us bringing Swifty in.
No signs of any injuries so this hedgehog will most likely have an internal parasite burden which he will now be tested for.
Hedgehogs rarely scream either in pain or fright and if they do the injuries are normally extreme. Tinker presented with one damaged eye and sneezing large amounts of blood. She has a very nasty puncture wound through her snout but luckily for her x-ray proved that there are no fractures to the skull or jaw.
Spotted out in daylight she has presented with a lacerated back leg and also very noisy breathing which indicates lungworm.
She has started antibiotic treatment for the leg and will be tested once we have a sample and treated for lungworm if the tests prove to be positive.
He was spotted out in daylight just still in the garden and the finders correctly secured him in a box and called for help.
This small hedgehog has presented in a very nervous state, visibly trembling but with no obvious injuries. Being tested for internal parasites and settling into the hedgehog hospital.
They heard this large male hit the underside of the cars bumper and Bruiser is now in for checks. On initial examination he seems to have come away unscathed but is being monitored for any issues.
He has presented very tightly balled and unwilling to unball. He also smells strongly of dog urine and has a number of damaged spines.
At present settling into the rescue so a full examination can take place.
He was running all over the garden and the finders realised that there was an issue.
This hedgehog has suffered an impact trauma to the head, lacerations to the head and is in a very stressed state. Treatment started for wounds and blunt impact trauma.
On admission he has presented with a lacerated and potentially fractured back leg. He has been in trouble for some time evident by his condition on admission.
Trick will have an x-ray and the course of treatment decided from the results.
He has admitted with one back leg totally missing but not infected and sadly also with a very nasty case of ringworm a fungal and highly zoonotic skin condition.
In the hospital in isolation due to the ringworm and started treatment.
The small female is a regular visitor to the finders garden but she noticed that over the last couple of days Jess had been acting oddly just sitting in places for a long time and she became concerned. Jess is now in the rescue and is being checked and tested for any issues which may be causing this behaviour.
The finder thinks that this hedgehog is one of his regular visitors and noticed him out today and also appearing to limp..
Now settling into the rescue before a full examination. On admission examination he does not appear to have any leg injuries.
752gram male hedgehog Herb has been admitted after he was found motionless. The finders originally thought about putting him under a bush and it is extremely lucky that they didn't. Herb has admitted with all the signs of head impact trauma. This hedgehog has started treatment immediately to try to combat the swelling that causes a lot of the damage post trauma. Ted will be closely monitored for improvement due to the seriousness of his injury.
Ted even though a good weight has been admitted to check out what might be going on. It could be due to a number of reasons including; parasites, chemicals or maybe food that someone is leaving out.
He has presented in very poor condition; very underweight, cold and after having obviously lost a lot of weight.
William is now settling into the hospital, on warmth with fluid support to stabilise him before commencing treatment.
George was laid out on the open and in daylight on a footpath.
He has already tested positive for a very heavy worm burden and is settling into the hospital in a heated pen, is receiving fluids and will shortly be starting treatment to get him back onto his feet.
He was originally spotted (the finder thinks) on the previous night wandering around but without anything seeming to be wrong. The next morning this hedgehog was found in the same area laid in the road. Simeon has admitted with a number of broken spines, possibly one eye damaged and needs further examination.
She did the right thing and secured him in a box safely in the house and contacted us.
Horatio has admitted very thin and pinched and has already provided some very nasty poo samples. On warmth & fluids.
Admitted with quite bubbly breathing and possible lungworm which he will now be tested for.
Bernie even arrived here at the hospital with a ready made poo sample all wrapped up for the microscope.
He has presented in a very wobbly state, not far off collapse and looking very thin after being in trouble for some time.
Presently on gentle warmth and receiving supportive fluids to stabilise him.
The dogs were let out into the garden very early in the morning and the owner subsequently found this hedgehog covered in blood.
It has several deep bite wounds on its back. Please keep an eye on dogs especially of out at night or early in the morning.
The finders couldn't catch him last night but kept and eye and secured him today.
He has presented with one swollen back leg and also with very noisy breathing as the last two admissions.
Presently settling into the hospital.
He was spotted or rather heard by one of our foster carers. He was in their garden and breathing so noisily that he could be heard at some distance..
Bruno has presented with very wheezy and gurgling breathing and is now being treated along with meds to ease breathing.
She has admitted in a collapsed state, very weak, wheezing and massively underweight.
Presently warming up in ICU and started fluids and antibiotics.
The kind lady had foster two hedgehogs from a hedgehog rescue that doesn't specialise in Hedgehogs and sadly the one proved to be very ill.
Huffle who is very huffy is now in for a check up with us for a few days. If OK this hog will go back to foster until release.
The dog a Rottweiler Akita cross is a dog that likes to hunt and regards the garden as its own. Sadly Merle was unlucky enough to come across the dog with the inevitable consequences.
Merle has a lot of broken spines, puncture wounds and a lot of the dogs blood on him. Being treated & settling in.
Originally taken to a non hedgehog rescue she was passed to a kind lady to overwinter. She recently noticed that this hog was no longer eating and was producing jelly like feaces. Luckily she contacted us.
This very poorly hog has advanced lungworm, roundworm and mites. She is very wobbly and in intensive care.
He spotted lying in the middle of a dirt road. The finders from the very evident musk smell of fox thought that has injuries had been sustained from a fox.
On examination we believe that this hedgehog suffered impact trauma and was toyed with by a fox afterwards.
Bonzo was out at night and he is actually a good weight but the finders underestimation of his weight was actually fortuitous for this hedgehog. He has admitted with a number of tics and a very badly swollen/injured back leg.
There has been some garden work in a neighbouring garden so it is also possible that this hedgehogs nest has been disturbed.
Daffodil is undoubtedly in trouble and is also suffering from ringworm which can be seen in the crusting on the snout and ears.
This hedgehog had chosen to make its hibernation nest in the finders shed. Nest may be an overstatement as it had wrapped itself up on old sheets. The finders were clearing out the shed and found it. Sam/Samantha is still asleep and now hibernating in the rehabilitation area.
Please always keep an eye on dogs, in this case it wasn't the dogs owner looking after it but always be aware. Luckily Herbie doesn't seem injured but even the smallest puncture wound can become infected very quickly.
This male hedgehog has a long laceration all the way across the back of the head which could easily be the result of being hit with an implement such as a spade or shovel.
The extensive laceration is heavily infected and Brigge will need a lot of treatment.
Hedgehogs should not be out in daylight and won't under normal circumstances stay out in the open for prolonged periods of time. The finder did the right thing, secured Valentine and then contacted us.
Now settling into the rescue. On heat as very underweight and unwilling to unball.
He was however spotted wandering around in traffic in the middle of the road in daytime. The finder did the right thing, called for advice, secured Eddie taking him to our vets who held him until we could collect him.
She has admitted at a seriously low weight for this time of year and will have been in trouble for some time.
The very mild January weather is probably the only reason that hedgehogs this small are still alive at this time of year.
This very underweight hedgehog is in a lot of trouble hence its drunken wobbly appearance. It is very cold from its body shutting down through being very poorly and weak.
Now in ICU.
Even though the finders could not see obvious issues and with the rat trap being human we still advised that this large old male was admitted. We have previously seen injuries on hedgehog caught in human traps.
Thankfully Horatio is fine.
He has admitted in a very poor and wobbly condition. There are a number of indicators that this is an older hedgehog with the loss of pigment on the nose and thickening of the ears which often accompany advancing years in a hedgehog. Now on warmth and fluids in the hospital.
The finder is pretty sure that this hedgehog that has been visiting her garden over Christmas eating food left out for the visiting hedgehogs.
Initially she moved it under a hedge and when it was still there secured it and brought it in.
Although showing signs of being underweight this small juvenile is also very young indicating that it was possibly born at best in late November undoubtedly due to very mild weather.
This is an incredibly late juvenile.
390gram male hedgehog Janus admitted after being spotted out in daylight by the finders.
This underweight hedgehog is the fist admission of 2016 and is far too small to survive winter. Most hedgehogs at this time of year admit with internal parasite burdens and Janus will be checked for any parasite issues.
Now settling into the rescue.