Are Hedgehogs Doomed In The UK?
I was considering a post about hedgehogs as one of Zuri’s favourite foods in 2200BC, but events overtook me. In our garage a few days ago a number of Christmas baubles were on the floor. I looked at them and then got on with what I was doing. The next day Ann saw them and we both pondered; neither of us had moved anything. I pulled the box off the shelf and carefully folded back a pile of glitter. The photograph shows what was inside. I touched the spines and they moved. If they are this resourceful, the question ‘are hedgehogs doomed’ seems irrelevant.
Dining on Dried Mealworms
The night before I fed the hog before dark. He, or she, turned up at 9pm as usual and snuffled the dried mealworms I put out every night. The garage door was shut so now we have at least two hedgehogs. I also put some mealworms on the garage floor but they remained uneaten. It looked as if our resourceful animal had hibernated really early.
How Did It Get There?
The garage back door is often open in the day, but closed at night. It has a high sill so the hog had to climb over this, and hide in the garage during the day. It then scratted away a plastic bag and had to climb onto a foot high cardboard box and force it open. A pile of soft glitter might then have seemed like leaves, so it turfed out half a dozen glass baubles and snuggled down.
I am glad My Pagan Ancestor Zuri is not with us for Christmas. I might have asked her to place the baubles and glitter on the tree. Imagine her surprise; inside the box she would assume that it was her present, a gift of fresh meat. As it is, he or she is safe – for now. I was preparing to build a hoghouse for it, the wood all ready. I will now need to research whether to transfer the sleeping hog out into the garden. Otherwise, a new breed of garage hogs will develop and hibernate in my wellies!
As our hog threw out the Christmas decorations a friend suggested we call him ‘Humbug’. Latest news – I wanted a better photograph but Humbug has now disapeared. If you see a hedgehog covered in tinsel, it’s ours!