Baby Hedgehog

Baby Hedgehog

Baby Hedgehog

On a night of torrential storms, Eleanor found herself wandering the plains. She had no idea of the time or if it was even morning or night, but the relentless rain was the only consistent thing in a world that was changing all the time. The air was thick, and she felt a growing sense of anxiety as she searched the grass for a long-forgotten pet hedgehog, a gift from her sister.

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Where Do Hedgehogs Hibernate?

During winter hibernation, a hedgehog will generally sleep in a nest that they have built especially in thick undergrowth or under piles of leaves. They will sleep in these spots during the day at any time of year, and will also sleep in unlit bonfires so it is crucial that you always check your bonfire thoroughly for sleeping hedgehogs before lighting it. A hedgehog will never generally hibernate outside one of these nests, and you can help it along by leaving plenty of undergrowth and tucked-away spaces in your own garden. You can also buy special hedgehog houses for them to build their nest inside. k)

How Heavy Should a Hedgehog Be to Hibernate Safely?

Before hibernating, a hedgehog should weigh at least 600g. Otherwise it will get through its fat reserves too quickly and struggle to survive the winter. Sometimes a cold snap can encourage hedgehogs to hibernate prematurely. Hoglets born too late in the year can also face this problem. (Source: www.arkwildlife.co.uk)

How Long Are Hedgehogs Pregnant?

Hedgehogs have a really short gestation period: it’s only around 35 days from conception to birth. Despite this, they usually have just one litter a year, with five to seven hoglets born at a time.

This article was co-authored by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS. Dr. Elliott, BVMS, MRCVS is a veterinarian with over 30 years of experience in veterinary surgery and companion animal practice. She graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1987 with a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery. She has worked at the same animal clinic in her hometown for over 20 years. (Source: www.wikihow.com)



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