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Our Welcoming Director Blue….

Posted on 8 May 2014

…is very proud to have been featured in the Tatler Good Hair Guide 2014.

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My New Best Friend Forever!

Posted on 3 December 2013

Guest Blog by Blue Skött

Last month I made a new Best Friend Forever!

I found a young hedgehog out in the garden, she visited us for a few nights in a row and I enjoyed spending time with her.

Then one night I went out in to the garden and did not come back. Mum and Dad came to investigate and found me paddling in the pond. I was alerting them to the fact that my new friend had gone for what looked like an impromptu swim and was stranded on a patch of irises in the middle of the pond.

The wellies and the heavy-duty gloves went on and Dad waded in and rescued her. 
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She looked very small and was a bit damp, and as it was a cold night we were not sure whether it was fair to let her fend for herself out in the frost.

A little bit of research on the internet and we found out that any young hedgehog (hoglet) found outside in October weighing less that 450 grams would not survive a winter in hibernation, it would simply not have enough fat reserves.

My new prickly friend weighed just 420 grams. 

We were surprised to read that hedgehogs are now an endangered species, so it was important to feed her up.  The local hedgehog rescue centre was full, so it was up to Dad to make a hospital in the garage.  A couple of hours later and our hoglet was happily settled on her ward – a cardboard box hospital with separate sleeping, feeding and toilet areas!

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At this point I must point out that we were not completely sure if our hoglet was actually a boy or a girl, whenever we turned her / him over to look, he/ she curled in to a tight prickly ball!

Dad decided it was a boy and nicknamed him Houdini, as he kept trying to escape. He was quite a climber.  Mum decided it was a girl and called her Miss Tiggy – she loved Beatrix Potter as a child! 

We fed our little hoglet dried mealworms (which we had for the birds) and some of my crushed up dog biscuits, which it didn’t seem too keen on, and made sure she had fresh water – you can see I decided she was a girl too!

I made for a very good nurse, keeping a very close eye on her!

Over the next few weeks, she was fed a diet of dried mealworms, boiled eggs, various types of dog food (I was a bit put out that she got tasty tinned food, whilst I was still on my diet of dry food) and some special hedgehog food we found in the garden centre.

It turned out that she was very clean and did use the area that we had filled with sawdust as a toilet!

After a few weeks we weighed her again and she was now a little fatty at 840 grams – she was definitely ready to go back out in to the wild.

We felt it was a bit mean to simply put her back out in the garden to fend for herself, so we bought her a special cedar wood home, which we filled with straw, sawdust and some food.Tiggy-Garden-628

After a photo shoot with me, it was time for her to be re-homed.  She seemed happy curled up in the hay before venturing outside.

I could have stayed watching her all night, but I was encouraged to come back inside with treats, but I still then spent most of the evening waiting patiently at the back door to be let out to see her.

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The next morning we did not find her curled up in her new home and sadly we haven’t seen anything of her for a few nights now.

This morning I went out to check and there had definitely been some activity around her house, so perhaps she is back?

Whatever, I am pleased that we were able to give her a better start in life and a chance to survive the winter. Perhaps she will be back next spring with babies of her own – well that is if she was a girl after all!

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For more information on what to do if you find an orphaned or injured hedgehog, visit Tiggywinkles Website