Some vital information on the rescue of baby hedgehogs

There is one factor that will put the life of a hoglet to the test.

One popular distinguishing characteristic of the baby hedgehog is their lifestyle which includes hibernation. Normally they weigh by 400 grams, but as the weather changes and gets colder, they need to prepare themselves for the winter months mean lesser availability of food. They can weight from 500 grams to 2 kilograms so they have enough fat reserves to last through the winter. Hedgehogs typically hibernate by November, although record shows there are some species that do so as early as September. Their hibernation is characterized by a very lengthy sleep, but wakes for a short time every 7 to 11 days. Scientific description to this period includes the decrease in metabolic rate to cause as well a decrease in energy consumption. Blood pumping and breathing rate is also slowed down. At the start of March, the first groups of hungry hedgehogs will start coming out looking for food and slowly increases in number as April sets in.

In the case of baby hedgehogs, this hibernation period is crucial because there is no guarantee that they will survive. Especially when they were born at the end of the summer, or worse during winter, their bodies do not have enough fat deposits to support them despite the absence of food. Their mothers may look for food during waking hours but the probability of returning to their nest is low for they may not withstand the harsh, cold wind and the presence of foxes for example.

This is when baby hedgehog rescue becomes a crucial moment for an animal rights activist. You can even do this as well as a bonding time with your child while you are out in the woods in the winter under tolerable temperatures. With warm gloves, you may carry the hoglets gently in order not to scare them, and take note of your local town’s laws regarding rescue, as well as adoption, if you wish to have one as a pet.

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