Thank You... You Saved My Life... - Hedgehog - NZ

AndreaEL

Gore, New Zealand

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Any question you ever have… the answer you will find in nature…If you know where to look and how to ask….
I rescued this little hedgehog a few days ago, he had got himself tangled up in some garden netting… I had to cut the net away from round his neck and in his spines… It was a little tricky, the spines are like sharp needles, so armed with garden gloves and some small scissors I finally got him free… They love dog pellets, I gave him some as it must have been a long night with no food… He looked grateful to be free… I remember thinking at the time that I had never seen a baby hedgehog, only the larger ones in the garden during the summer months… You can imagine my surprise and delight the next morning just after dawn how I felt when I saw a mother and her little family of 5 baby hedgehogs on the move…The day before it had only been a thought, and that morning it became a reality…. I really felt blessed, touched and privileged to be a part of the small family group for a few moments… I was rewarded for rescuing one Hedgehog and given the privilege of seeing baby hedgehogs for the first time… I was also amazed to hear the babies peep…as they called to one another, I never knew that hedgehogs made a sound…. We learn something new in nature every day if we are open to look for it…So enjoy the little video clip that Keith put together…

European hedgehogs were brought to New Zealand by European colonists in the 1870s to remind them of their homeland. They have now spread throughout much of the country. Since coming to New Zealand the hedgehog has grown a little smaller and never reaches the size or weight of animals in Britain and continental Europe. This is because European animals must reach a larger size and greater weight to survive the 6 month long period of hibernation. In central New Zealand, hedgehogs hibernate for about three months of the year but few hibernate at all in the warmer northern parts of the country.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Southland New Zealand March 2014…
Dedicated to all those who care about nature
Thank You… You Saved My Life… – Hedgehog – NZ

Rescued Hog

After cutting the netting away the hedgehog was finally free…

Baby Hogs

Five baby hogs on the move with mum

Watch this short cute and funny little video clip made by Keith of the little Hedgehogs of “Tranquillity”

Thank You… You Saved My Life… – Hedgehog – N

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