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If it was me, I'd take him outside, put him down somewhere a bit secluded and see what he wants to do.
The nights are not cold at the moment and there should be plenty of food about.
Hedgehogs don't normally move when humans are around. It's possibly our smell they are sensitive to. So you might need to leave him well alone for 10 minutes or so, and then return to the spot. If you're lucky he will have disappeared.
If he's still there when you return then you need a Plan B.
Tim Burr, for goodness sake let the poor thing go. He/she is a wild animal and you are causing the poor hog so much stress by handling it. It did get caught up, but they are excellent swimmers, it will recover.
They are solitary creatures and it will have its own territory. Let it go!!
I help at a hedgehog rescue, if the hoggy seems ok now you have warmed him up then please release him tonight. If you can find a quite area under a shrub to let him go that is great. Place a shallow bowl of water and some meat flavour cat/dog food out for him too as he may well be very hun gry after his ordeal.
Tim Burr, if you happen to have some meaty cat or dog food available, you could put a little bowl out with him when you let him go so you know he's got something to eat tonight.
HI Tim, Sounds like he will be fine to let him go, if your worried you could put a meal out for him too. For what is worth I think you did the right thing in drying/warming him up before he gets put back out
Aww well done. Im sure he will be out having supper very soon. ive already had 3 hoggies at my feed stations tonight. Im sure he will give your pond a wide berth for the next few night lol.
Great news Tim, at last you know hes had a feast before he goes off on his travels. Do you have any hogboxes in the garden for them to possibly hibernate in? I have 2 at the moment, 1 is in regular use and the other has only been in situ for a couple of weeks so fingers crossed it will be "discovered" soon.
with a pond you can make a slip way for them to climb out or shelving so hedgehogs and frogs etc can get out.put a small dish of water out(change water freg) so they can drink from that.
Great news, very pleased it all worked out well.
Thanks for this post, an easier way out my pond has now been added
you can always get details of a hedgehog carer or rescue centre from www.thehedgehog.co.uk or ask on http://www.hedgehoghelp.co.uk/ that way you can always get helpo and advice at any time of day or night
anybody got any info on hogboxs i,ll put some up the allotment, what are they like and how to make please
Morning peeps, Just found this site looking for what to do in the same situation. I pulled a full grown one out of my garden pond this morning. It was exhausted.
So, we placed it in a dry bowl, kept it away from strong light and animals. Placed a small amount of fresh cat meat in with it, and left it alone for half an hr.
It spent some time shaking and lying on one side. However, after 1 1/2 hrs, it had eaten all the food and had perked up back to normal.
As we live next to miles of open fields, we let it go free into the fields.
Good luck hoggy
I'm glad you found it Alan, and it has recovered. Good thinking giving it some food to get its strength back up.
Perhaps a bowl of water left out for those with no pond or with steep sided ponds could help in case of future visits