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Hedgehogs - a happy Oakmount Triangle wildlife story

A couple of months ago our neighbour Fabrice found three baby hedgehogs during the height of the summer drought.

We rang the rescue centre who told us that due to their weight (50 grams) they would die unless brought in immediately. Sadly one of them didn't make it, but we got a call two months later that the other two had done well and were named Baxter (now 700 grams) and Gemma (500 grams) and that we could pick them up and return them to their original locality.

We supplied them with homemade hedgehog houses and as advised we built a feeding station so that they can continue being fattened up for the winter (with dog food). The feeding station keeps cats out but allows hedgehogs in. As you can see in the video, Dusty that cat is kept out, but Baxter and Gemma are tucking in to the Royal Canin puppy food.

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Thank you for sharing the hedgehog news. We've had hedgehogs for years although not actively fed them. This year I resisted using slug pellets and some plants suffered, but there is evidence of empty snail shells so something must be eating them. We also put out low-level water throughout the summer. Many years ago we saw a badger in our garden.
One of the little ones was only 350 grams couple of weeks back. We were worried he/she might be too small to hibernate (supposed tube 450grams)\

But here's the good news

(Beware, this film may contain scenes of extreme cuteness)