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Old 10-01-2017, 05:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hallo, I need help, I got 3 small ones they were about week widouth mother and shelter. Outside is about 11 degree celsiusin night, autnm here in Croatia. They are European wild hedgehogs.

They are now on warmth here in mine house, they sleep all the time, I don't see them eat. I see them sleeping in food bowl.
They was little active in daytime, Because I hear them moving and I have seen them move and here is warm I hope they did not hibernate because they are so small.

I don't knowe what they have eat for week outside.
Shall I wake them up and force feed? I am afraid that they are exsosted. They went in small box for privacy. Shall I disturbe them and try to feed them? I got hedgehog food, live worms, babyfood, catfood, drycatfood, baby food carot all is offered for them to eat. Now is night here, I was hoping that they will come to eat in night.I have seen one short eating dry hedgehog food, so I hope they all knowe to eat they don't need milk.

I hope to get answer soon. I hope they will suceed this winter.

for size info, this is WATER bowl food bowl is little biger.

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Old 10-02-2017, 07:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think it's best not to handle them since they are wild and should be released back into the wild when strong enough to do so... So just supply them with fresh water and food daily. Babies generally sleep a lot and are less active so just keep them warm, put a blanket in there maybe if it's quite cold at night? Also give them access to light during the day to avoid hibernation.

Is there an animal rescue centre nearby that you could take them to? It would be best to hand them over asap so they can get professional care and also be checked over by a vet, then released somewhere that is safe for them.
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Old 10-03-2017, 04:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you for reply.
Trough last night two died but one is going nice, he is eating, drinking and has nice poo. he is even katching live worms which I have buy in petshop. I was contacting our local rescue center but they are in search for volonters also so we agree to keep him at mine place trough winter.
He is growing on eye sight. Like he is eating and you can see how he grows. I have find cans of hedgehog food for buy and he loves it.
Ok, for now that are god news. Their mother died by car and after that neighbour demolished their home by accident.
I am sorry now because that photos up there because they make me sad.
We have try to rehidrate them but it was to late for them two.
I hope for best.
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Old 12-13-2017, 05:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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He is growing and waithing spring. Just to let you guys and girls knowe that it is not totaly horror story.
He had pneumonia and got antibiotics, but he is helthy now.
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Old 12-14-2017, 05:00 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm glad one of them made it. I think it is a good idea to wait out the winter and release him/her in spring.

It's a Northern white-breasted hedgehog, btw! They look very similar to the (western) European hedgehog but have a white chest
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Old 12-21-2017, 04:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It is plan to relise him in spring, till then he is in hotel I conected 3 plastic containers with 2liter PVC bottles of milk, but tunels are begining to be small for him

I will build him home(there is lot of arhitecture blueprints on net I have seen ) near somebody who I knowe to chek him out. If we build him a home will he stay there? My father-in-law has snail farm on edge of nature park I see that as haven for him. I will perefere he learns to hunt there.

I never see him drink water?
He is so clever and we have great comunication in terms- how to get more food, worm or cricket. I let him run on flor every night when I clean boxess- for excersise. I am sorry I don't have scale to weight him I am so interestet how fat he is

He is so active and I don't like to bother him with photograph so here is one of rare ones..

We live in Croatia, on teritory of white chests

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