This is Dan a hedgehog that came in around 3 years ago suffering from pneumonia, we also discovered that he had lost one eye and was totally blind in the other. Being blind he could not be returned to the wild as he cannot tell the difference between day and night.
Some recue centres will put a blind hedgehog to sleep, we will not & we look for large, natural, secure gardens where they can live as natural a life as possible be it in a much smaller area.
Since being treated and recovering from the pneumonia (apart from a slight wheeze from scarring), Dan has lived in our secure garden at the rescue centre for over 3 years now. He was already a veteran hedgehog when he came in probably 4 or 5 years old, so Dan is now at least 7 years old and he finds his away around his routes in the garden without any issues.
The garden is Dan's domain, we garden for him and wildlife and we leave him alone to be wild apart from checking him now and then for any issues and obviously leaving food out for him. He shares his domain with few pre-release hedgehog pens but this doesn't bother him in the slightest.
Dan has a very snug natural hedgehog home but he also makes temporary nests in warmer weather in other areas of the garden which has lots of long grass, wild flowers and shrubs, so he behaves as he would in the wild. Being blind he sometimes comes out during the day, sometimes at night and he finds his way around without bumping into anything as he knows his routes around the garden.
When you feel a bit down sometimes, Dan is a reminder of how wonderful the natural world is and how adaptable animals can be to adversity.