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Old 10-04-2011, 06:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I found a hedgehog curled up in a ball in the middle of my garden, as he/she was out in the open I put it in a cage in some warm fleece, this morning it was still in the same position and hadn't eatem or drank any of the food I left it, so figured it had gone back in to hibernation as we are having a cold snap here in New Zealand.
This morning I brought it into the house and put in by the warm, it opened up after a while and sat there with the wobbles, I tried to give it some food, it sniffed the food and water but didn't touch it.
I picked it up and found it's tummy is freezeing cold and wet so I am wondering what to do from here.

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Old 10-04-2011, 06:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You don't want yo warm it to fast a heating pad on low should work
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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agree you don't wanna warm it up too quick as it could send it into shock and kill it. you can also put it on your stomach with a fleece blanket around it and your body heat will slowly heat it up or try warming up a towel in the dryer for a couple minutes and putting it in there to warm up and dry while on your lap.
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Old 10-04-2011, 11:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice.
My hedgy is a girl and is doing lots better, I can't believe how much they eat, wow she is hungry,
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Old 10-05-2011, 12:49 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Usually if they go into hibernation mode it takes them a little bit to come back to normal.
Once they are the only thing on their mind is eating, Just like bears. Making up for lost time asleep lol
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