Please let everyone know how delighted we are at Shepreth, that the Glatton Hedgehog Project is doing so well. It’s such a pleasure to bring hedgehogs to you for release because we know that the community involvement and superb environment provide these rehabilitated hedgehogs with a very good chance of survival. They’ve all had a tough time and can now count themselves as very fortunate animals to be ‘Glatton Hogs’.
Wensleydale came to us after being spotted on a trail camera with blood coming from ‘wounds’ and was very skinny. He had extensive ringworm and the ‘wounds’ were in fact infected scabs. He had lost 50% of his spines and all his fur. He came from a small village but cannot go back to his original home due to a house move. Glatton was the obvious choice for re -homing.
Poppy was born at the hospital to a hedgehog who was almost starving when she came in. After 4 days with us she gave birth to five babies. Four have survived but only Poppy has been released so far. The other three siblings have not developed so well. We suspect this is due to a poor genetic mix in the area of Cambridge where the mother lived. That’s why it’s important to bring new hedgehogs to Glatton.
Kerplunk is one of two hoglets who survived when their nest was attacked by a dog or fox. Her mother has been released but her sister remains on treatment at the hospital.
Mac came into the hospital with his sister and mother. His mother died about 20 minutes after being admitted but we managed to hand rear the two small babies.