Injured hedgehogs and cute/sad photo

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The UK's RSPCA is taking care of hundreds of weak and injured baby hedgehogs. According to an article in The Mail On Sunday, the region's mild autumn has resulted in a shortage of food leaving the hedgehogs ill-prepared for hibernation. This hedgehog is in the care of the Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Buckinghamshire, England. From the Tiggywinkles site:
Any hedgehog that has not reached 600 grams or is injured in any way, when the weather turns cold will not have the fat reserves to survive hibernation, and so must be kept indoors throughout the winter. (See our Hedgehog Overwintering Fact Sheet). Larger hedgehogs which have recovered from treatment but have not yet been released should be kept in outside pens with weatherproof boxes crammed full of hay and newspaper (not shredded). Dog food and fresh water should be put out each evening, although if the weather turns very cold the hedgehog may go into hibernation.
Link to The Mail on Sunday article, Link to Tiggywinkles Animal Hospital (Thanks, Lindsay Tiemeyer!)



  1. The cutthroat evolution of the human species culminates here, at Tiggywinkles Animal Hospital, while taking care of adoreble helpless hedgehogs.

  2. Was it just me, or did, at first glance, that look like a hedgehog that had been shot with a stuffed sock, and said projectile was still embedded in it’s belly?

  3. Miss Tiggywinkle was my favorite Beatrice Potter character, and my fave stuffed animal as well. Good luck to the hedgehogs!

  4. My girlfriend and I did some volunteer work at St Tiggywinkles in the early 90s during the summer. It was great fun and very satisfying, but I will never, ever forget the smell of a room full of incontinent hedgehogs on a hot July afternoon …

  5. We recently brought a cat-mauled greenfinch to Tiggywinkle’s. They are an amazing operation, well-organized and staffed with compassionate volunteers. Please consider visiting the site and shopping/donating. Hedgehogs need love, too.

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