This page has been created to give information and the stories behind some of our admissions. I used to tell the stories of some of the admissions on the News pages however the news pages have now become more about larger news stories such as projects.
This page will not show all admissions- that is not possible as we are busy for a small/medium sized rescue. Our time is pressured and our priority is to concentrate on the rescue and treatment of hedgehogs.
Stories for some admissions pre 2014 can be found on the News pages archives.
Some 2014 Admissions
She was spotted trying to drink from water that was frozen solid.
Luckily the finders were hedgehog aware in fact having been a release site for a hedgehog treated at Willows earlier in 2014. Later in the year they had hoglets in their garden for the first time.
The finders kindly leave food out for visiting wildlife including foxes and hedgehogs which luckily was just about keeping this little one alive but at 400grams it would not have survived through the whole winter.
Now settling into the rescue.
Luckily the finders knew what to do having brought another hedgehog in to us this winter.
Ori is now settling into the rescue on the last day of december.
The issue with underweight hedgehogs is they will search for food not having enough weight to hibernate but using precious fat reserves while foraging, a loose-loose situation.
Gloin is underweight and has lungworm.
Even at 500grams with constant freezing nights hedgehogs of this size will quickly decline with no natural food & burning energy to look for food and keeping awake in minus temperatures.
Nori has admitted underweight and with a heavy lungworm burden which treatment has now started for.
Please keep an eye out.
Sadly the finders called to report two juveniles however on looking for Twiglet her sibling was found dead in their garden. Another sibling was spotted dead in the road a few days ago. End of December and 300gram juveniles around with no chance of survival.. Secure/Get Help
Rumple is a 320gram juvenile admitted in a collapsed state after being found curled up on the finders doorstep.
He is receiving intensive care but is in a very bad way.
This is the sixth hedgehog these finders have brought in this year so really helping to save hedgehogs in trouble.
They finally caught her and she is now settling into the rescue.Christmas is nearly upon us but there are still many underweight juveniles struggling out in the wild so please keep and eye out and give the gift of life.
Secure and contact a rescue.
He is obviously underweight but he has also sustained a nasty laceration injury to one of his front legs.
The injury is heavily infected and a reasonably substantial injury. Treatment has commenced and hopefully will be successful.
Luckily they spotted him again this morning, again out in daylight and he is now in the rescue.
Please always secure the hedgehog first and then call.. even a poorly hog can disappear quickly.
This one for the time being called Sarah was spotted out on the finders lawn around noon. It is very bright eyed but is very underweight in the 300gram region and would soon without rescue have been dead.
The frost is already thick on the car outside and little hedgehogs such as this one don't stand a chance in it.
In fact Belle is the second juvenile to be found on one of the parks I work on while on shift this week. This one however found by regular park users who have found three juveniles previously and brought them to me at the parks office. Lovely people who care about wildlife.
Once again she was spotted wandering around in daylight and luckily the finders knew that this wasn't right.
Please if you spot a small hedgehog now at anytime day or night secure and get help. Also larger hedgehogs if out in daylight are in trouble so seek help asap.
She is very small and at this weight would not have survived many more cold nights out in the wild. However luckily the finders did see her and knew that she was too small to survive and that hedgehogs should not be out in daylight being nocturnal.
Please always secure and get help.
She has been admitted underweight but also with some very fine wire or twine wound very tightly around her one back leg which has caused a severe laceration and constriction. It is so tight & fine she will need to go under at our vets to have it removed. She has stared meds for pain and infection.
This admission was found by myself out in daylight on my day job on parks patrol. He was in an area I wasn't going to check but a little voice told me I should and I am glad that I did go there.
Twanky is a 550gram female hedgehog not out in daylight and at the bottom end of acceptable weight for this late in the year however she was found at 3am curled up sleeping out in the open on the finders doorstep.
She has come into the rescue to be checked over and monitored for any issues and is settling in.
We were at a fund raising and awareness event but of course that doesn't mean a hedgehog doesn't need help so the finder brought him to us and Jack was kept in a quiet area until we could leave for the hedgehog hospital.
Their pet dog alerted them to its presence and they realised that this Autumn juvenile was too small for this time of year.
Now setting into the rescue.
The finder found it but wanted to keep it. After explaining that it needed rescue care and until it could be brought in needed to be kept somewhere quite the finder then allowed it to run around the living room.
Please respect wildlife... get the proper help and do as advised.
They though that this little hedgehog was too small to survive winter, weighed him and then called us here at Willows. This hedgehog is too small to survive winter and of course any hedgehog out in daylight is in trouble and needs help straight away.
He is now in the rescue and the children will be choosing a name now they know that this underweight Autumn juvenile is a lad.
Now in a heated pen and settling in.
It was seen curled up on the finders lawn for over 48hours. They at one point picked it up and popped it under a bush as they thought it would be better there.
Please always secure a hedgehog in trouble straight away and get it to a rescue straight away.
Please keep an eye out for small hedgehogs such as Bard as they have no chance of gaining hibernation weight and they will die if not secured and taken to a rescue.
This late juvenile is now settling into the hospital and will be over-wintering with us.
It is being tested for internal parasite burdens which most hedgehogs admitted this late in the year are admitted with.
Although a hedgehog can look outwardly OK this is very misleading any hedgehog out in daylight is in trouble. Brook is also far too small to be able to hibernate.
The finders also noticed that it was leaving rather slimy droppings in the garden which they thought wasn't right. In both instances they were absolutely correct.
Juliet is now settling in the rescue and we will be taking a sample under miroscope.
She is very pinched showing weight loss and her breathing is noisy which after testing confirms is probably due to lungworm which a large percentage of hedgehogs will be admitted with at this time of year and which once advanced is fatal if not treated.
The finders knew that this wasn't right and where to take her as they have recently purchased and moved into a house which previously was owned by a supporter and friend of our here at Willows.
He had left instruction about hedgehogs when he moved out of the house and the new owners took note!
Willow was found wandering along the pavement outside of Willows Hedgehog Rescue and was spotted by myself after returning from an evening fund raising event.
He has also proved positive for lungworm.
Hedgehogs do climb and are tenacious!
He is totally collapsed and is by his general state around half the weight he should be and at present is in critical care in one of the incubators.
Unfortunately we do not have the full circumstances of finding as she was directed to our vets as we were not available to receive her straight away and the finders although requested apparently did not leave any details.
She is settling in and will now be tested for endoparasites.
It is quite bright and spiky by please be aware that any hedgehog out in daylight is in trouble. Also any hedgehog under 650grams now we are heading into the second half of November will not make hibernation weight and will need to be rescued.
This little 300 gram Autumn Juvenile was found in daylight curled up on the finders lawn.
It has presented very cold and is settling into the hospital getting warm and then we can test for any endo-parasite burdens which most at this time of year will present with.
Please keep an eye out for small hedgehogs at any time of day this late in the year.
Terri is a mid 300gram female autumn juvenile hedgehog that has been admitted after being spotted out and about in the finders garden. Initially they were unable to catch her but they kept an eye out for her but tonight she came in.
The finders knew that Terri was too small to make it through winter and they have brought a number of hedgehogs into us here at Willows over the last few years.
The head teacher contacted us and Rubie has been admitted in a semi collapsed state, hypothermic and with fly-strike around the eyes. The children call this hog Rupert but seeing as she is a girl she is now Rubie.
The owners have had hedgehogs in their garden for years without the dog taking any notice of them, however this time they spotted the dog running around with the hedgehog in its mouth. Please keep an eye on pet dogs if you know you have hogs in the garden.
She is very poorly with very laboured breathing and is being treated to ease her breathing and respiratory inflammation while we test for lungworm which is the most common cause of this type of respiratory distress. She is in a very poor way but hopefully with treatment now started we can give her a fighting chance.
The finders have hedgehogs living under their decking and it is likely that this is where Dale has his home.
He is settling into the rescue and has had initial examination anti-inflammatory analgesic medicines and antibiotics ready for full examination.
The finder was driving through the area and spotted Frost wandering around.
It is very important to get small juveniles to a rescue as soon as possible now we are in November with increasingly cold nights and dwindling food sources. Hedgehogs of this size have no chance of gaining weight in the wild. They also nine times out of ten present with heavy and if not treated fatal internal parasite burdens.
They are going to build a hedgehog home over the winter ready for Jack to be released from their garden in the spring.
They are also going to make sure that there are access points in and out of their garden so hedgehogs can get in and out.
It is very underweight and stressed and tucked into food immediately after examination and being settled into a heated pen.
Please keep and eye out for small juveniles as now we are in November they won't make hibernation weight.
It has been tangled in netting for some time.. has sever lacerations to one ear, neck and leg and possibly has one broken leg.
Please keep wildlife safe from netting. Keep it off the ground and pack sports nets away when not in use.
He was lucky enough to be found and admitted soaking wet and freezing cold and is now being treated in the hospital for his trauma and condition.
Please check drains around your property for covers and if they are missing please take action to get them replaced saving wildlife from injury band often death.
Juveniles such as Nikki will not gain enough weight to survive the winter and they also often succumb to illnesses such as lungworm which eventually causes death.
They were spotted out in daylight looking for any fallen seed from a bird table. There is no way these little hoglets would have survived and the desperation to gain weight shows in their scrabbling for food in this way.
The finders are looking out for more.
Late Autumn juveniles cannot find enough food and with rapidly dropping temperatures struggle and fail to gain enough weight to hibernate. Ideally a hedgehog needs to be at least 700grams and ideally more as they loose weight during hibernation.
The finders thought it was dead and had dug a little grave for it when they saw it move.
It is very cold, sopping wet and at present is gently warming up and settling into the hospital.
They have been admitted in a freezing cold condition and shaking uncontrollably and James is totally collapsed. They have gone straight into an intensive care unit straight away but the outlook for James isn't good. Our thanks to the day contractor that saved them.
Small juveniles will really start to struggle now we are in mid October so please keep and eye out for them. Also where there is one juvenile there will be more (up to seven!), so as these finders are- keep a further look out.
At this time of year lungworm becomes very prevalent in hedgehogs due to lack of food and their eating more slugs. We will test for worm burdens and start treatment necessary.
Lungworm (as it is in dogs) is a killer in hedgehogs.
After X-ray and examination it proved the thankfully she has not sustained a fracture to the leg but she does have a large area of infection from a wound which had healed over.
The area has been lanced and she is now on anti-biotics.
The finders found another juvenile in exactly the same same spot last year which we called Sooty.. so this one we have called Sue.
She is a very prickly little customer so far and we have yet to have a good look at her for any possible external issues.
She is totally collapsed and is now in one of the incubators on intensive support.
She is in a very poorly way and it will be touch and go as to her survival. Time to admission is very important in these cases as the longer left the less chance.
She was found in an old shed on the finders property with her leg caught in a rat trap. The finders have only just bought the property and didn't realise that there were traps in there.
She has presented with a very swollen leg which will need X-ray.
She was found three days ago and the finders with the best intentions planned to try and look after little Charley themselves.
They called for advice today and soon realised that hoglets need special care and now she is here.
Please always contact a rescue.. don't DIY.
Vervain has weighed in in the mid 300gram region and has been reunited with his siblings.
Important if you find one hoglet or small juvenile in trouble.. keep a look out as there will be more from the same litter!
She has admitted with blood on her feet from trying to escape the drain and she will be monitored for any issues from fluid ingestion or chemicals on the skin.
Snow is obviously an albino hedgehog and is the second of this rare type this year.
He has very noisy breathing and is suffering from lungworm a condition caused from eating slugs passing on the worms which live in the lungs which if untreated will cause a hedgehog to die over a period of weeks.
Hoglet litters can be up to seven hoglets.
If you do find one in trouble there will be more around so always keep an eye out as did the finder of Cinnamon, Sunny and Spice all the same litter and spotted and admitted over several days.
He is a sibling to Cinnamon admitted a couple of days ago and is only a few grams heavier than his sister.
He is now with Cinnamon in the rescue. These juveniles being only in the 200gram region would not be able now we are a day off October to gain enough weight to hibernate.
Please look out for small hedgehogs.
He was found wandering around outside a large schools canteen during the school day attracting a lot of noisy attention from the schools pupils.
One of the school staff took him in and contacted us and this juvenile is now settling into the somewhat quieter hospital area.
He was found the previous day and brought in this evening. They put him in a box in the daughters bedroom until he got here and he escaped and climbed onto the bed. When securing a hedgehog make sure the box has the top secured and put it somewhere quiet and preferably dark away from human activity.
He was out and about after dark but the finder (a Willows supporter) thought he looked small now we are getting into late September.
Now as we head in the latter quarter of the year 200gram juveniles would struggle to gain the weight for hibernation.
This hoglet was spotted in trouble (but active) and although the finders had the best intentions it did not receive wildlife hospital help quickly enough and it had deteriorated over the time delay until the point that it sadly died between us receiving the call and it getting to us.
The chances of survival may have initially been slim but additional time meant there was no hope and we will never know.
Please always on finding an animal in trouble get help straight away.Time is important. If you are unsure as to whether the animal needs help internet search for a rescue and give them a call so they can advise you.
They were all spotted out in daylight on a narrow public path for the last two days.
A dead adult hedgehog had been spotted a couple of days before and it is most likely that this was mum, the orphans wandering around in search of her when mum did not return after some time.
They are rather quiet while settling in.
The only male in the litter Pignut as can be seen is a seldom seen albino.
With seven 100gram hoglets in today alone lots of time is being spent getting these little orphans to start to feed in their strange new surroundings.
The sow was spotted moving one of them leaving it hidden in the garden but not returning to it. The finders who have brought hedgehogs in before to us became concerned and rang for advice.
After advice and checking a second hoglet was found in the abandoned nest in the hedgehog home.
Now settling in.
The finders of Jack are no strangers to us having found Harry and Sally near death struggling in the heavy snow in the winter of 2010!
Really nice to hear from them.
Mum and four 100gram hoglets disturbed by a professional gardener re-landscaping a garden.
He acted quickly covering the nest after disturbing but due to the amount of work being carried out mum and hoglets; Odin, Thor, Var and Vor are now settling into the rescue and we hope that mum will continue to raise them.
If not we will have to take over.
She does not appear to have sustained any injuries but is in for observation.
Once she at release and after any necessary treatment she will released from a different location to avoid any further possible issues.
Please keep dogs in sight as they can cause severe injuries to hedgehogs especially juveniles.
Please keep an eye out for small juveniles as we head into Autumn as late litters mean that there will be many Autumn Juveniles around over the weeks to come.
With out help they will not make it. Contact a rescue so they can receive the help they need.
It has massive amounts of fly strike (fly eggs) in several places (one area shown in pic) indicating that it has been lying immobile allowing flies to land on it. Luckily non of them have reached maggot stage where they start to work their way in
The fly stike has to be dealt with before any underlying issues can be tackled.
He has a nasty wound above the eye which appears to be a peck wound from a bird and it is possible that the eye has been lost.
Due to his being very underweight and the injury it is possible that the eye has sunk but is still there.
Originally the finders saw six orphaned juveniles but three escaped and only Archie, Annie and Max were brought in. After a couple of days keeping an eye out two out of the remaining three siblings were secured and have now joined the others.
Just one more to find now!
She has presented with constricted and laboured breathing from her snout and is sneezing some blood.
This is most likely from an impact trauma to the snout/head and she is receiving treatment for these symptoms and being monitored for any other issues.
He has been admitted with a number of tics on him and he is also very thin showing that he has been struggling for some time
His breathing is also noisy and bubbly which may mean that he has lungworm which will be confirmed from a sample.
No sign of mum so the finders secured the hoglets in a chicken run rang us for help and then they all escaped. These three have been re-found and are now here and they are on the lookout for the remaining three hoglets.
This 300gram female juvenile now named Sue was spotted out in daylight on the finders front lawn.
They also noticed that she seemed to have an injury on the back.
She has admitted with a large area of soft tissue damage that was heaving with maggots meaning the injury is a few days old.
It has been attacked by a pet dog and as you can see has sustained substantial full depth soft tissue damage.
The dog owner had tried to ensure by sectioning the garden that the terriers could not harm any visiting hedgehogs but sadly one did and this is the result.
She has presented covered in flystrike in a number of areas which indicates that she has been in trouble for some time and lying immobile allowing flies to land on her.
She is settling into the rescue now that the fly eggs have been removed.
He has presented with blood around the snout and blowing bubbles from his nostrils. He has suffered an impact injury the snout and has possibly either sustained a fractured snout or jaw.
X-ray will show the extent of the damage and his future will depend on what X-ray shows.
190gram Tuck has had a bit of a journey to get to us. Originally spotted out in daylight and very wobbly on Sunday the finders couldn't find a hedgehog rescue that could take him. We also looked for them and had no joy.
So Tuck made a 70mile trip to us today as the finders were passing here on their way to holiday in Somerset. He has been struggling for a while and tucked straight into food!
She came in very agitated and trembling at one point. Now admitted in to the rescue with a number of tics removed from around the eyes and she will hopefully settle down in a cosy pen.
There are no signs of any other hoglets and mum has abandoned.
Her eyes are still closed putting her under two weeks old and she has been admitted crying for mum and food. She has received her first milk replacement feed and is settling in.
Sidney is a 266gram male juvenile hedgehog admitted after being spotted trapped in a trench.
Situations such as trenches and open drains present a real danger to wildlife such as hedgehogs which once trapped inside will die unless spotted and rescued.
This lucky juvenile is now settling into the hedgehog hospital.
Luckily the leg does not appear to be fractured but this mid 400gram juvenile is now under observation as issues from constriction injuries can manifest after the event.
He will be monitored and hopefully it will be a quick release after a few days here.
Sadly this year we have seen a number of small juveniles with similar back leg injuries.
Getting them to a rescue quickly is very important for their survival.
As with both her siblings she was spotted out in daylight and tucked into food within just a few seconds of being admitted.
She and her siblings would not have survived out in daylight on their own and the finders are keeping an eye out for more.
She is another female juvenile and exactly the same weight of Saffie who without doubt is her litter mate and sibling
They have now been reunited in the rescue and on a check now were cuddled into one another.
She is by pigmentation loss a fairly old hedgehog and she has presented with both of her eyes half closed and swelling around the eye and jaw on the one side. It looks as though she may have suffered an impact on the one side of the head.
She also has signs of strimmed spines.
She is very feisty and started eating as soon as she saw food. Please remember juveniles of this size will get into trouble quickly and a hedgehog out in daylight is a hedgehog in trouble.
The finders are looking out for any more.
It has sustained lacerations and lost teeth possibly from a vehicle collision and is in a very poorly state with laboured breathing.
Started treatment for impact trauma.
She has sustained a nasty injury to the snout from a strimmer as indicated also by strimmed spines on her head.
She has also tested positive for a nasty worm burden as well- so double trouble for this young hedgehog.
She was spotted just outside the entrance to our local Hospital Accident and Emergency entrance! Obviously knowing she needed help but trying to admit herself to the wrong type of hospital.
She is now here and settling in.
In fact she has been spotted coming out in daylight for over a week and the finders contacted us this evening after the daughters looked up hedgehogs on the internet and realised that they shouldn't be out in daylight.
She is now settling into the hospital.
While the finder was calling us he wandered off into a bush- so please always either secure the hedgehog first or keep it in sight when calling for advice or rescue.
Luckily the finders did- Billy is now here.
It isn't rocket science to see the issue here.. the one back leg and foot has been crushed flat with the bone entirely protruding which will necessitate amputation of this limb.
Often crush injuries come from poorly stacked items such as slabs or bricks.
She has however been lying out in the open on her side all day in daylight which is not normal behaviour and she is now in the hospital and under observation.
Please remember a hedgehog out in daylight is in trouble.
He has been homed (post treatment) in a massive, very natural secure garden for the last three years showing no signs of stress (based upon knowledge of hedgehog behaviour).
He has been admitted today with a back leg wobble today, has been checked by the vet & has now gone back with some meds and to be monitored.
It was apparent on examination that there was an issue with the jaw and it was immediately seen by our vets.
Sadly there was a serious fracture to the back of the jaw and one that could not be wired. The only option in cases like this is euthanise straight away.
The second this 300gram totally collapsed juvenile that was already near death on admission and sadly died within only a few hours of admission.
Sometimes they are just too far gone to be able to even start to tackle the underlying issue.
She has been coming out in daylight for food and the finders checked with us to see if this was an issue..which it is.
She has lost quite a lot of weight and her eyes are sunken which means she has been in trouble for some while.
Vits & fluids until we can determine issues.
He has now on several occasions dropped down into a dropped patio with no way out for him. Even though relocated several gardens away he still ends up there. He has damaged his front feet and lost his claws trying to escape so will be treated and then relocated.
On arrival I could smell the infection straight away and on full examination in the hog hospital he has sustained a lacerated back foot which is heavily infected and swollen. Good news is that it does not seem to be broken.
She was spotted out in daylight with a lot of tics around her eyes, skirt (the line between where spines end and hair starts and her rear.
The tics have been removed and she is now settling into the rescue and making a good job of trashing her pen.
He is very lethargic, has lost some considerable weight, his eyes are sunk which indicates dehydration and presented with fly eggs around his snout and eyes indicating being inactive for some time. He is also an old hedgehog.
He has presented with one back leg useless and dragging and using the other back leg at a 90 degree angle.
His is very bright and has even with his injuries tucked straight into food however my prognosis to be confirmed by the vet is probably not a happy outcome for this small juvenile.
She was very wobbly when spotted out in daylight. On examination has not sustained any external injuries so she will now be tested for endo parasites.
They cut her out and then called us. Any hedgehog will need to have very tangled netting removed by a rescue and also the hedgehog will have to be monitored for any issues arising from any pressure caused on entangled limbs etc.
She is now netting free and settled into the rescue.
Admitted after a dog attack. The owners realised something was wrong when the elderly dog didn't come in.
It has been admitted screaming in pain and with bite wounds and both back legs dislocated. Emergency vet call out put to sleep within 1 hour of admission at 12.15am.
She called us and this juvenile is now in the rescue. It has had over twenty large tics removed already, is unwilling to unball but has also had antibiotics due to the tail being red raw. The skin is also flaky and an area of spines is missing indicating a possible mite issue as well.
Lots of issues for this little to face so early in life.
She has presented with one very swollen though not obviously broken leg so she has started medication & will be evaluated for x-ray.
This is the first hedgehog the finders son has ever seen.. sad that it has to be an injured one.
He has blood around his snout and his breathing is very laboured.
His snout doesn't seem to be broken on examination but if his breathing doesn't improve with meds he will have to go for an x-ray to see if there is any snout damage.
She was spotted curled up on her own in long grass on a road verge.
She is cold and not very active but is now settled into the rescue and when she is a little warmer we will try to get some high nutrient food into her and go from there.
The finders are going to look out for any more siblings.
He is another 250gram male and has damaged his front legs from trying to desperately and fruitlessly scramble out of the drain. He is now receiving treatment.
Please ensure drains have covers and of you see an open one report it to stop things like this from happening.
Luckily the swimming pool had a cover on it and a toad saver device. Rather in this instance than saving a toad it saved this little male hedgehog which had clung to it to keep himself alive.
He is now settled into the rescue.
The owners dogs had been barking wildly at the outdoor electric/storage cupboard door for a couple of days and today the owners investigated what could be exciting their family dog so much.
It turned out to be a nursing hedgehog with four hoglets.
For their safety mum and hoglets have been removed and mum is being monitored to see if she will accept the disturbance and continue raising her hoglets otherwise we will have to take over.
On admission and examination in transpires that her one back leg is just a very long stump.
She has been settled into the hog hospital for fuller examination.
On a further look the finder realised that he was plastered in tics.
He has got a very large number of tics which would severely run him down, so he will have all the tics removed and be checked for any other issues.
He was spotted this morning on a grass verge and then he moved to lie in the road for pretty much all of the day.
He is an old hedgehog judging by loss of pigmentation and he has a small wound above the one eye but apart from that seems strong and healthy.
He went to pack away his tools and found this small hoglet when he moved them
It is covered in fly eggs (some can be seen in the first photograph), all around both of its eyes. Luckily non in the ears and no live maggots.
Fly eggs have been removed and the solidified dust (maybe brick or mortar?) has been cleaned off and as much as possible removed from the nasal passages.
She was moved by one of the staff into a secure area of the grounds that is set aside for wildlife.
One of the other members of staff was told about the hedgehog who knew that hedgehogs should not be out in daylight and she was brought into us. She is very pinched and has been struggling for some time.
Her situation is worse than just being too small and simply struggling to survive.
She has lost one back leg and the wound left is deep, heavily infected and swarming with maggots. She is bright and treatment has started to try and save her.
She wasn't just out in daylight she was also entangled in a children's tennis net.
She was very lucky to have been spotted and brought in.
Please keep netting off the ground and if you are not using nets roll them up and put them away as wildlife easily get caught in netting.
The finders noticed a number of crows in the garden very preoccupied with something with something on the ground.
When they went to investigate they found that they were pecking at little Kat. She has suffered some very nasty wounds and although bright she is in a serious condition.
No sign of mum or a nest so the finders contacted us and Ed has been admitted.
This hoglet has joined two others of similar weight and has already been accepted and can be found cuddled into the other two hoglets for company.
This vet goes the extra mile for wildlife and has passed three hedgehogs to us in the last few weeks.
Teddy is drawn and has rapid breathing and nasty poo which will be going under the microscope.
She had been spotted out in daylight around midday on a number of occasions and the finder realised that something wasn't right about this situation.
Mum hasn't been seen for a while or any other siblings during daylight. An eye is going to be kept out for any other small juveniles but it could be Harriet was the smallest of the litter.
It had sustained the injuries at least three to four days ago by the size and number of maggots oozing from basically everywhere.
As such we have immediately on being able to fully examine and determine the extent of the injuries just had an emergency call out vet to euthanise immediately.
The one came away from the nest and curled up in the open. The finders noted that mum had not been seen for several hours and they think that the next door neighbours cat had been investigating the nest.
Sadly one of the three was already dead on arrival and one of these two very close to loosing the battle for life.
She has been settled in with some other small juveniles of a similar weight to help her settle into the rescue hospital strange environment.
Please keep an eye out for juveniles out in daylight as they are in trouble. Hedgehog do not ever sunbathe.
This afternoon all four of them were found wandering around looking for mum squeaking for her attention outside the finders stable.
Mum sadly was about 50 yards away- a road casualty. They are cold, thin and will start with warmth and then rehyrdation fluids before milk replacer.
He has been attacked by a Terrier that has taken two very large chunks out of him right through all the skin layers.
The wounds are heavily infected and on admission were full of maggots.
The owners think that this pet terrier may have attacked two separate hedgehogs.
It was spotted on Friday wandering around their paddock and then again on Saturday at the edge of a compost heap.
They did some research thinking maybe this wasn't right, found our website and tonight brought the hoglet over to us.
The finders knew that this wasn't right and brought her into us.
She has now joined some juveniles of the same weight for company. She has been named after the finders daughters Holly and Bethany.
Lots of individual juveniles being admitted.
She was found out in daylight curled up on the pavement on the finders road.
She is very vocal and agitated and very very hungry. Before I could even examine her she was sniffing hungrily and when offered a dish of food tucked straight in.
Hopefully she'll join another litter for company
She was found this morning led on the pavement on the finders street.
She is very underweight, very thin, dehydrated and is in a semi collapsed state. No injuries so either internal parasite burden or simply really struggling.
Settled in, fluids and vitamins administered
She has been admitted with suspected lungworm and a faecal sample should confirm this.
She is also going to need meds to help with the inflamation and congestion with the stage of her lungworm burden.
These two and one other (which has since been lost- before we got there) were spotted in a walled garden behind a business premises.
The last few admissions have been single admissions from litters luckily these two are together.
Thistle is a mid 200gram juvenile spotted out in daylight and taken to a vets yesterday. They called us today and Thistle arrived along with a surprise of some donated items from the vets who kindly brought her in to us.
She is healthy but small and obviously struggling in this long warm dry patch. We will test for any parasite issues and will either way keep her here until she is at least double her present weight and then get her back out into the wild.
One of the hoglets was dead the other is alive and huffy.
The finders popped mum and hoglet in a box and mum escaped but was re-captured. It is too late for mum to continue raising this hoglet now and the finders are also on the search for any more hoglets of which there could be up to five more around somewhere.
The hoglet has weighed in at 100grams, is very huffy and well. However due to the disturbance (and the fact one hoglet was found dead), it is highly unlikely that mum will continue to raise this hoglet her instinct being for self preservation now.
We cannot afford to let mum and hoglet go due to the high risk of mum totally abandoning, on the flip side every effort will be made to find any other siblings to this hoglet or they will die.
The first a 56gram hoglet that is active but cold and very hungry.
(56gram hoglet pictured right)
The second an 80gram hoglet that is quite active and has already eaten but it has also passed some very nasty looking poo.
With little Rosie (re-united with her other three siblings already here) about half an hour before these three it makes hoglets from four separate litters within an hour admitted.
The finders are now on the look out for more hoglets, as all were wandering around in daylight and obviously orphans.
The 80gram hoglet and 110 gram hoglet have gone in straight away together for company and as both have nasty poo we will treat both at the same time.
The 56gram hoglet is sadly on his own.
Rosie has come in today weighing in at 140grams and joining her siblings; Annabelle, Jimmy and Timmy brought in to by two different finders over the last three days.
The other three are doing well and now Rosie is re-united hopefully she will do well along with them.
On examination he has had probably twenty five percent of his spines broken or cut with undoubtedly a strimmer. He is lucky as their is only spine damage and no soft tissue damage.
Always check before strimming
She was brought in tonight by the finder of one of yesterdays small juveniles and joins him and the other male found within minutes of the first by a neighbour just a few houses away.
Of course it is likely that we will be seeing more from this litter
She is very pinched at the back showing that she is struggling and most likely she is suffering from one of several possible endo-parasite burdens.
A hedgehog out in daylight is in trouble.
On taking the details from both the sets of finders (who arrived withing five minutes of each other) it was discovered that their gardens backed onto each other.
So it is a certain bet that these two are siblings. Coincidentally we rescued a female adult in trouble from the same area a few days ago.. possibly mum.
The second of the two admissions possibly from the same litter (here on the right) has been admitted squealing and with very nasty poo so it is very likely this this little one has a very nasty worm burden.
Both of the hoglet juveniles have weighed in around 130grams. At the moment they are separated because of the one showing signs of having parasites that could be passed on to the others if put together.
The nest was under a wheel barrow and mum hasn't been seen for a number of days. There were six in the litter, two were however dead on arrival and the other four are close to following their two siblings.
They will remain on re-hydration fluids only for a few hours before we move them onto milk replacer.
These four are very lucky that they have been found and brought in now as they are all very close to loosing the battle for life. Now however they have us to join in the battle for them and we will do our best to pull them out of critical.
She looks nice and healthy but she had already left a 'little present' on the towel in the box she was brought to us in and it looks like she has an internal parasite burden which will have to be identified.
Once identified treatment will start.
They were quite right, she is thin and has a 'down on her luck' look. Most likely she has an endo-parasite burden as she does not have any injuries.
On investigation it was this female that looked as though she had been disturbed by a dog. With no injuries, a good weight and shape, and potentially a quick release I took her on to a local rescue so if as I suspect she is OK she can go back asap.
Turns out that the owners of the garden don't want a hedgehog in the garden, children will be afraid of it and also asked why anyone would want a hedgehog in their garden.
So Cellie is here and will be released ASAP from one of our release sites.
Birch was found in the middle of the lawn out in daylight and the finders though he was covered in fly strike which always points to there being issues, either infection or a condition causing the hedgehog to become inactive..
Luckily he isn't but he does have a heavy tic burden and he is a very nervous hedgehogs, visibly shaking when being examined.
This 900gram hedgehog was first spotted this morning and called in this afternoon. I have just diverted to rescue on the way home from work to find it has sustained injuries of the extent you can see in the photograph.
It has a second identical injury on the back of about half the size of the one on the side. Cause? Most likely a strimmer which has taken all the soft tissue off down to muscle below.
It is important to remember if you find one small hoglet there may well (and most likely are) more around somewhere as average hoglet litters are between five and seven hoglets.
It was also spotted outside in daylight as well the on the previous day. The finder thought it had an injured back leg but on examination no issues can be found with any of its legs. It is possibly just struggling as a juvenile in the really warm weather we are presently experiencing.
She was found out in daylight today (which is a very warm day) lying under a garden chair. She is very dehydrated and has lost some considerable weight.
Please in warm, dry weather always leave some water out.
The finders have a number of hedgehogs visiting the garden and have noticed that this smaller hedgehog seems to be being pushed around and barged by larger hedgehogs that visit.
Gus started to come out in daylight a couple of days ago and he was spotted back out today.
He has sustained a massive puncture injury to the left side of the head from the jaw to the ear and through to the bone. He has also lost a lot of weight, is critically dehydrated and is barely alive.
It is very unlikely that this hedgehog will survive.
This little female hoglet now named Dorris is a single orphan. The mum moved this one hoglet and left it behind a refuse bin. The finders noticed this and even kept the children indoors so mum wasn't disturbed.
However this hoglets mum did not return to or for it and now Dorris is with us in the rescue for the rest of her feeding up to juvenile and release.
Being a female hedgehog at this time of year we are always careful in case she is pregnant or may already have hoglets somewhere. However being out on daylight and immobile is an issue.
It was trapped there for hours, several at least and it was being crushed every time the gates were opened and closed (There were a lot of cars in the car park).
The finder called but refused to give a full address only the area postcode and a rough description of where which meant nothing to us without the full address. We enlisted the help of the local police who helped find it, called us and finally I was able to get to and rescue the hedgehog several hours later at midnight with the police raising residents to gain me access to the area.
This hedgehog had been screaming in agony and fear for hours, many people had passed it, one definitely knew it was there. At some point on one of the gate openings it had finally suffered a broken spine. Thank you to the police for their assistance.
The nest was disturbed by a family dog. The owner did the right thing, got the dog away, the mum hedgehog ran off & she quickly checked no hoglets hurt, then left them alone and watched to see if mum returned.
The sow did but she only took two of her three hoglets away to safety leaving the third in the distrubed nest. The finder watched for a couple of hours and then contacted us for advice and help.
After four or so hours there was no sign of mum returning so the remaining hoglet was brought into us.
The end of Oliver's ordeal you might think, but no. Oliver was chased up and down the gully, had objects thrown at him and fizzy drinks poured over him. The children terrorising this hedgehog until he was rescued by a neighbour.
You can read more about Oliver & our press response here Bromsgrove Standard- Abused Oliver
A healthy hedgehog will never sleep out in the open.
She is in a very emaciated state, is in a state of total collapse and is quite near to death. She is in intensive care but it will be touch and go with the stage this hedgehog has reached.
He is very thin, has very big ears (normally denoting an old hedgehog) and is very trusting of humans. He is very hungry tucking straight into food and he has also proved to be quite the comic energetically mashing wet food up with his feet into smaller pieces before eating it.
He came in for a very quick check over and proved to be a 900gram male with one eye missing and a few tics (that we removed) but apart from that a very healthy, good sized hedgehog.
Straight back to the wild for Willow, but a hog sighting record for our population records.
The mum of these six hoglets made her nest under a plant at the side of a front door. The owners cut the bush back without even knowing the nest was there however a couple of days later they found a lot of mess around the plant which was in fact the destroyed nest. On further investigation they found six hoglets and no mum.
A fox regularly visits the garden and the finders think after finding blood on the lawn that the mum/nest were attacked/disturbed by the fox. The farmer next door helped them by making
It is lucky that they were at an age of starting to take some solids and able to forage as these hoglets are under 100grams and have been struggling to feed themselves out in daylight for a few days. They wouldn't have lasted much longer and they were admitted covered in flystrike with maggots hatching and very very hungry. Please always get help straight away.
From the description we feared spinal injury or limb loss but it is neither of these. She has presented collapsed and with very laboured breathing She is also has very pale gums and swollen tongue signs of dehydration.
Water left out is a life saver for hedgehogs.
Jonah a 500 gram male has been admitted after being spotted out in daylight yesterday surrounded by flies. The people popped him into their hedgehog home and didn't realise until he was back out in daylight today that he might be in trouble.
Jonah is litterally an inch from death.
His is totally collapsed, sopping wet, hypothermic and covered in thousands of fly eggs.
She had made her way through a cat flap into a lean-to on the side of a house where the owners dogs sleep. She had pushed her way under the dogs blanket and was fast asleep with the families dog!
Our concern looking at her very rounded belly is that she is pregnant.
It is freezing cold and soaking wet (not surprising as we have had thunder and lightening storms this morning). It also has fly strike around the one eye which points at it being in trouble for some time. It also smells strongly of canine urine. No signs of external injuries.
She was spotted walking down the middle of the road that the veterinary practice is situated on and was taken to the vets by a member of the public.
She is a little thin but has not sustained any external injuries so we will be testing for endo-parasites.
He has admitted with very noisy and laboured breathing and with froth containing blood coming from his nostrils. He has fly strike which means he has been injured/inactive long enough for flies to lay eggs. [both visible in this admission photograph]
Fly strike looks like grains of white rice.
He is very hyperactive, hungry, thin and his faeces is very nasty and constant. It is very likely that this hedgehog is suffering from fluke, a nasty endoparasite that causes great discomfort to the host.
She suffered serious injured from the RTA & had to be put onto strong meds. Today she gave birth to seven hoglets, five of which alive. She cannot raise them herself due to her injuries and the medication she is on. We have next to no chance of being able to raise at this size- 8grams. (Died as premature)