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Hedgehogs

Tuesday 19 November

HedgehogIf you see any hedgehogs out from now until Spring that are under 600g they need to come into care as they will not survive hibernation.  We are expecting a cold snap tonight so if you see any youngsters out then please do bring them in to us.  When hedgehogs hibernate, they become immobile and their heart rate decreases from 190 to approximately 20 beats per minute, their body temperature also drops from 35C to 10C or less.  This whole process is very draining and without enough body fat they will not survive.  If it is mild weather over the winter hedgehogs may come out of hibernation for a bit, so if you see any larger hogs out this may not be a problem unless they are not moving or off balance.

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