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it's hedgehog awareness week!

Updated: May 23, 2023

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 itโ€™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.

๐™ƒ๐™š๐™™๐™œ๐™š๐™๐™ค๐™œ ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ช๐™ก๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™™๐™š๐™˜๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™—๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š ๐™–๐™ง๐™š โ€˜๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ๐™จโ€™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐˜ผ๐™‡๐™‡ ๐™๐™š๐™ก๐™ฅ ๐™ก๐™ค๐™˜๐™–๐™ก ๐™๐™š๐™™๐™œ๐™š๐™๐™ค๐™œ๐™จ, ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ ๐™œ๐™–๐™ง๐™™๐™š๐™ฃ๐™จ.

  • 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!

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