it's hedgehog awareness week!
Updated: May 23
and I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce you all to someone very special. This is Oakley the hedgehog who we rescued and have been rehabilitating at Wee Critters HQ!
Now that our prickly pal is almost back to full health we hope to begin the gradual process of reintroducing him back to the wild.
Although it’s always sad to say goodbye to an animal that you have rescued and spent time caring for, I am delighted that Oakley is now healthy and will go on to help his own species here in Northern Ireland.
When we think of animals that are in trouble we often think of iconic animals from far off places but our very own species are struggling and need our help.
𝙃𝙚𝙙𝙜𝙚𝙝𝙤𝙜 𝙥𝙤𝙥𝙪𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙩𝙧𝙮 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙙𝙚𝙘𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚 ‘𝙬𝙚𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨’ 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝘼𝙇𝙇 𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙥 𝙡𝙤𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝙝𝙚𝙙𝙜𝙚𝙝𝙤𝙜𝙨, 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙣 𝙞𝙣 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙜𝙖𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙨.
cut small holes in your garden fence to create 'hedgehog highways' to allow easy access.
plant wildflowers and plants that attract insects and bugs which are hedgehogs' favourite snacks.
NEVER use slug pellets as these can poison hedgehogs and also remove their food source.
build or provide a hedgehog house filled with dried leaves for hedgehogs to shelter or hibernate.
leave out food and water for hedgehogs including cat / dog food (not fish flavoured). NEVER leave out milk or bread because they are allergic and this will make the hedgehogs ill.
if you spot a hedgehog that looks like it needs help, call a professional before intervening.
I will hopefully update you all once Oakley is back to wild!