Willows Hedgehog Rescue - CharlieCreek

  1. We often get asked the question here at Willows Hedgehog Rescue- I've found an injured hedgehog, what do I do?

    In this short video I look at picking the hedgehog up, how to keep it safe and how to find a rescue.

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  2. Sadly here at Willows Hedgehog Rescue we often admit hedgehogs that have suffered head trauma- Cowslip is one such recent admission. She was found in a road, circling and leaning to one side.

    She has continual assessments to identify any improvements made and based upon the results of these assessment the decision is made as to whether treatment continues.

    At the time of this video the signs were on the positive side.

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  3. Story and updates on two of the hedgehogs admitted recently at Willows Hedgehog Rescue.

    Myrrh a 300 gram juvenile admitted with a severe laceration and large area of soft tissue/spine loss to the head and if that wasn't enough a back leg severed off at the joint. He came in as a road traffic accident & it is possible he was dragged against a curb by a vehicle. After a week with us he also tested positive for lungworm, so triple trouble for little Myrrh.

    Little Bead a 600gram hedgehog with a nasty laceration and puncture wound to the side. All of the soft tissu has been torn back on the one front side and under the soft tissue 'flap' there was discovered a deep puncture wound which has had to have two stiches.

    This video tells their stories and also updates on their progress todate.

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  4. We often get asked what happens to hedgehogs that have lost or have sustained an injury that results in the loss of a leg.

    In this video I talk about the various issues with leg loss and amputation; the difference between front leg loss and back leg loss, the ethics of release and our policy in terms of amputee hedgehogs.

    Peggy in the video is a rehabilitated back leg amputee hedgehog.

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  5. A short video from here at Willows Hedgehog Rescue featuring Dan.

    I often post about Dan, a rather special hedgehog. Dan came into us around four years ago. He was suffering from very laboured and noisy breathing, he was in a very poor state and he was also blind.

    He underwent treatment for his breathing and while tissue scarring has left him with noisy breathing he made a very good recovery. Being blind he could not be returned to the wild. Although hedgehogs primarily use smell and hearing they do need to know when it is day and night and a blind hedgehog will come out during the day giving it a very short life expectancy.

    The rescue centre garden is secure and maintained for wildlife so Dan made the garden his home. He lives a wild existence albeit on a smaller scale and is left alone to be wild (the garden is Dans), coming in occasionally for a health checkup.

    Dan was already a mature hedgehog when he came in, we guess around four or five years old- a good age for a hedgehog in the wild in modern times. Add to that his four years here and he is a very sprightly veteran hedgehog.

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Willows Hedgehog Rescue - CharlieCreek

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Ecologist, Ranger by day & co-run Willows Hedgehog Rescue with my better half Jayne.

Videos documenting a very small number of the hedgehogs that are rescued by us hopefully raising awareness of the issues faced by hedgehogs and the work of rescuers


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Ecologist, Ranger by day & co-run Willows Hedgehog Rescue with my better half Jayne.

Videos documenting a very small number of the hedgehogs that are rescued by us hopefully raising awareness of the issues faced by hedgehogs and the work of rescuers of which there are many dedicated people who work tirelessly and unpaid in this country and throughout the world.

Willows Hedgehog Rescue is a not for profit charitable wildlife rescue specialising in European Hedgehogs ran by ourselves from our home. We rescue injured, ill & orphaned european hedgehogs providing medical care and attention, rehabilitation and release back into the wild. The hospital area houses up to fifty patients at any one time and we take in up to eighty hedgehogs with a network of foster carer volunteers who provide accomodation for any needing to gain weight after treatment has finished if we exceed the hospital area capacity..

These are short videos from ourselves at Willows Hedgehog Rescue documenting some of the work we do. Hedgehogs & wildlife in general is in trouble. Hedgehog populations have plummeted due to many reasons from changes in countryside management, urbanisation & gardes becoming less suitable.

I hope that by watching these videos people will foster a love for our native european hedgehog and an interest in wildlife in general.

Charlie Creek 2013

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