It's hedgehog time again. Many of my followers will know of my love for hedgehogs, and how last year I fostered two over winter in my garage for our local hedgehog rescue organisation. Back to this one. We feed our wild hogs and have a healthy population in the garden. Last week I opened our back door and found this little one sat by the hedgehog food pot in the courtyard. I had never seen this one before, it is tiny, so I can only assume that it is part of a late second brood which has been kicked out by the mother, as the adults are desperate to maintain their own body weight to hibernate successfully. Hogs need to be at least 600-700 grams in weight to survive winter. This one was 225 grams and fitted in the palm of my hand. After a quick phone all to Steve the hedgehog man, he advised me to take it in as it would have no chance of survival over winter. The upshot is that it (No idea of sex yet) has moved into the garage and is being fed, watered and cleaned out daily. I took this shot this morning whilst cleaning out the soiled paper, it was fast asleep and didn't stir as I carefully replenished the paper with clean stuff.
10 out of 10 on the adorability scale!