I found a hedgehog in my back garden?

Question by Cheesepuff: I found a hedgehog in my back garden?
Earlier today, at about 2pm, in my back garden, I saw a hedgehog walking around. It looked healthy and seemed to be walking normally.
But I am very confused, as hedgehogs are nocturnal. And not only that, the snow in my back garden was about 1ft deep, and hedgehogs should be in hibernation at this time of year.
So, about 15 minutes after the hedgehog left, I put a small amount of finely cut cheddar cheese on to a small plastic tray and left it at the bottom of my garden, under a hedge, sheltered from snow and hidden from cats/birds.

My questions are:
- Do you think the hedgehog will come back for the cheese?
- Why is it out during the day, especially at this time of year?
- Will the snow keep the hedgehog hydrated? (I didn’t leave out a dish of water as it might freeze over in these sub zero temperatures)

Thanks.

Best answer:

Answer by Tomcat
You’re such a humanitarian! May not want to give the little guy too much cheese as he might get stopped up.

What do you think? Answer below!

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Comments (3)

you ought to feed it cat food or dog food if you feel the need too, water is a good idea, even if it freeezes, put some more out, dairy products aren’t good for it and nor is milk

the best chance of this hedgehog surviving the bitter weather is to bring him indoors, somewhere cool, not warm, give him cat food and water

You sound like a wonderful person! How great of you! I clicked on this b/c I thought there would be a question like “should I kill it?” No.

According to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, they generally live in “HIBERNACULA” during the winter that they build. It’s made out of grass, sticks, leaves, etc.

They also suggest using a box with shredded newspaper for a home with a hole cut in the bottom. Tuck this under a hedge or somewhere, with the entrance to the south. Cover the top with plastic or something to keep the moisture out and cut some 5cm X 15cm holes on the sides for air. Or you can make some pretty sweet looking houses that get pretty elaborate. Here is the link: http://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/FAQS/hedgehog_homes.htm

They also recommend feeding dog or cat food mixed with cereal: http://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/FAQS/Aut.htm

Sounds great! I hope you can treat the little fella well and keep him or her around and healthy. Sounds fun – no hedgehogs here, just iguanas. Good luck!

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