We live at Keepers Cottage, on The North Rhins, SW Scotland and because of its situation and the variety of wildlife that can be seen in and around the cottage, I decided to keep a wildlife diary. We also enjoy regular walks in beautiful Dumfries and Galloway and beyond which I also record here, with photos and few words.
Monday, August 31, 2009
On 30th April we had our first sick hedgehog arrived. He was quite poorley and wobbled quite badly when he tried to stand up so we named him Wobbly.
He was quite small only weighing 476g and there were signs of blood in his stools, so we werent optimistic about his recovery.
He arrived in the evening so we werent able to take him to the vets that day, but settled him down, gave him some food and water and put him on a heatpad. We were up early the next morning and took him straight to the vets at 8.30am. The poor little thing just laid curled up on the vets table and wouldnt uncurl. The vet gave him three injections and he hardly flinched (although Mike and I did!). He doses of antibiotics, anti inflamatory and a wormer. The vets said we should get him a bit stronger and bring him back in a few days.
He slept most of the day after his ordeal. We tried to get him to eat something that evening but he wasnt really interested but we managed to get a small amount of fluid into him by bottle. The next morning Kirsty checked him at 6.30am before she went to work and said he seemed fine and was eating. I checked him at 8.30 and there was no life in him at all, the poor thing had curled up on his heat pad and died at least we tried to help him and we really dont know just how much he was suffering. He is buried in the woods amonst the bluebells.