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The baby hedgehog orphan

Now here's a story...yesterday we were sitting in the garden drinking a cup of tea when we heard a high squeaky sound from the direction of the hedge. First we thought it was it was a bird's nest, but we decided to take a look anyhow. When we peered over the hedge we saw something moving in the high grass of the meadow adjacent to our garden. On a closer look it appeared to be that the sound was coming from a baby hedgehog, all alone - no family insight even after we conducted an extensive search for its relatives. It was obviously too young to survive on its own: a hedehog of about 3 months is supposed to weigh at least 300-400 g, this hedehog only weighed about 80 g, and was thus only about two-three weeks old. Therefore we contacted the Animal Rescue Service and decided to bring this baby hedgehog to them, where it will be given to people from The Hedgehog Shelter, who will take care of it and try to raise him. His future is of course unclear, but the chances are high he will survive and be released into the wild again when he has grown a bit larger and stronger.

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Taken on August 8, 2009