You may have heard of Groundhog Day
“when the groundhog is said to come out of its hole at the end of hibernation. If the animal sees its shadow—i.e. if the weather is sunny—it goes back into its hole, which portends six weeks more of winter weather.” oxforddictionaries.com
But have you heard of Hedgehog Day?! Well apparently early Romans observed this yearly tradition too, but instead of using a groundhog, they used a hedgehog!
But what happens if the sun is shining, a hedgehog emerges from his winter slumber, goes for a walk to stretch his legs, decides to go back into hibernation, only to lose his way?
Well, fear not, because if you come across a hedgehog and are concerned about their well being then here’s how you can help it:
How to Help Hedgies
- Find a pair of gardening gloves and carefully pick the hedgehog up and take it indoors
- Place it in a deep box
- Give it some warmth – a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel and placed at the bottom is ideal. However make sure there’s room to move off it, in case it’s a little too hot, oh and don’t let it get too cold either!
- Offer some Food – meaty cat or dog food (not bread) & some Fresh Water – Not Milk (as it’s bad for them)
- If the hedgehog is in distress, then take it to your nearest rescue centre or vets
Remember – Hedgehogs are mostly nocturnal, so if you see one wandering about during the day then it could be that there is something wrong with it.
If you love hedgehogs and would like to encourage more of the prickly fellows into taking up residence nearby then all you have to do is provide them with some suitable habitats:
- Natural habitats – Hedgehogs LOVE thick undergrowth, they can also be found under dense bushes and garden sheds
- Man-made habitats – You could make a wooden hedgehog box with an entranceway
- Find Me A Gift Hedgehog Home – yes, we love our hedgies and we love this Hedgehog Igloo!