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Old 12-16-2014, 06:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all, I'm looking for some guidance.

I'm currently stationed in Egypt and there was a hedgehog found in oil around here. Some people cleaned him up and brought him to me. The vet is gone, and also normally puts animals to sleep due to lack of supplies. I currently have him in a box with some blankets and gave him some dog food, hard boiled eggs, and carrots along with water. He hasn't eaten or drank yet.... It's been about an hour and a half since he's been in my hands. His respirations have been all over the place from 44-76 (I'm sure he's really scared right now). He hasn't had his head out much, so I'm thinking he's pretty stressed.

Any suggestions? What should I look for to make sure he's in good health still? Do you think I should let him go?

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A wild hedgehog is use to eating worms and incets so he probable doesn't know what that dog food is. See if you can find some worms for it and make sure it stays under a heat lamp. Are you going to set it free again? Being wild caught I'm sure it's terrified as all get out right now.
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Did they get all the oil off? Do you know if it was completely submerged in it?
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Is it wet dog food or dry kibble? Dog kibble usually has very big pieces, too big for a hedgehog. You can try crushing it or even better, get some wet food (in case he doesn't want to drink this still contains some water)

Did they manage to get the oil off?
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A wild hedgehog is use to eating worms and incets so he probable doesn't know what that dog food is. See if you can find some worms for it and make sure it stays under a heat lamp. Are you going to set it free again? Being wild caught I'm sure it's terrified as all get out right now.
Since this is a wild Egyptian hedgehog and he hasn't been taken out of Egypt, he should be fine without a heat lamp as long as he's not in an air conditioned building.
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Got pictures?!?

Most people on this forum are more experienced with domesticated hedgehogs, and care is different. If he seems healthy and clean now, he might do best back in the wild since he is wild. Usually you want to find a safe place as close to his original roaming area. However if you are concerned about his health and safety, I would contact wildlife rescue workers for support.

A quick search of animal rescue in Egypt found these organizations that might be helpful:
http://www.esmaegypt.org/
http://sparelives.org

Also, I know European hedgehogs are different, but this is a great wild hedgehog rescue that might be able to provide some support:
http://www.willowshedgehogrescue.co....fe-corner.html

Good luck! and thanks for helping the little guy out!!!
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To check his health: how's his activity? Is he lethargic and passive, or does he have some fight in him? If he's lethargic, he might not be doing well. Check him over for tics, mites, bugs, etc. If the bugs are drawn to him, chances are they think he is weak and sick. He should have a slightly moist nose, but not wet or drippy.
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