I was a bit concerned yesterday when Hope, the young Hedgehog, appeared at 4.30 in the afternoon. Hedgehogs should not be around in daylight. She (or he) was looking round the area under the bird feeders so I put out some dried mealworms. The little one was soon tucking in and kept eating even as I set up the camcorder to do a bit of filming. The first part was filmed from the back door and Hope is partly obscured by the self sown plants. Later I moved the tripod outdoors where I could get a clear view.
Bobby was fascinated and after being told off for barking at Hope sat and watched from a distance all the time she was there.
After eating her fill she trundled off back under the fence to next door's garden. Hope looks healthy enough to me, bright eyes, coat in good condition, walking normally. I think she has been turned out of the home nest and, like all young creatures needs small amounts of food more often than the adults.
The only concern I had was that I had never seen the youngster drink but was relieved when she appeared again about 8 p.m. and had a drink from one side of the bowl of water, walked through it and trundled on her way. She came again later for more food. Both adults appeared after 10 o'clock and all had moved on by 11 when Bobby went out for his last look round his 'estate'.
If the youngster keeps appearing during the daylight hours I will have a word with the local Hedgehog Hospital and take their advice.
Monk Seals, the Desertas Islands, Madeira
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