If you see a hedgehog out in the daylight, or an injured or sick hedgehog at any time, it is in trouble. A hedgehog 'sun-bathing' or 'staggering' is probably very cold, and hypothermia is setting in. You need to act at once to help the animal.
NEVER LEAVE A HEDGEHOG OUT IN THE OPEN IN DAYLIGHT
• Pick up the hedgehog using gloves or an old towel
• Put the hedgehog in a high sided box filled with torn up newspaper, or cover with an old towel
• If the hedgehog feels cold to the touch, put in a bottle filled with hot water and wrap it up in a towel (A plastic pop bottle is ideal)
• Cover or close the box to protect the hedgehog from flies and maggots
• If there is an obvious wound or injury, take the hedgehog to a vet, straight away if possible. Tell the vet you want the hedgehog back if it recovers as it is always best to release recovered hedgehogs back into their territory.
For advice on what to do next:
If you are in the West Midlands or South Staffordshire area CALL US on 01922 419532 or 07837 409533 – please do not email, Facebook or tweet us to report a hedgehog in need of our help - the phone is manned 24-7, other methods are not so you will waste valuable time if you report any other way than by phone. If no answer - leave a message we WILL get back to you ASAP.