Hope made one of her daytime appearances today. It was nearly midday when I saw her on the Ground Feeder.
Once she seemed to doze off, woke up again with a start and carried on feeding. The next time I saw her it looked as though she had curled up and gone to sleep on the grass next to the feeder.
This was not natural Hedgehog behaviour so I phoned Elaine at Authorpe Hedgehog Care and had a chat with her about it. As a result I found a cardboard box, lined it with newspaper and put some well screwed up newspaper around the edges so that Hope wouldn't slide about. Then I carefully put Hope in the box and we set off to find Hedgehog Care. Fortunately the route is well signposted from the main road right to the front door.
Elaine had a good look at Hope and confirmed that she is a girl Hedgehog. In spite of all the food she has been eating she is underweight and on the thin side. Also she was wheezing a bit. This could be caused by lung worms which is a common infection for hogs but treatable. Elaine has all the necessary medication and many years of experience treating thousands of hogs.
Elaine with Hope:
Having made a donation to help with her care it was with more than a little sadness I left my little hog in Elaine's capable hands. Hope will have to stay a week or more while she gets expert care and Elaine will phone me when she is fit enough to come home.
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