Why a hog out dur­ing the day is def­i­nitely not okay

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THIS is a mes­sage the team from Wood­lands An­i­mal Sanc­tu­ary have been re­peat­ing for years and it is still as im­por­tant and needed now as it was then.

Hedge­hogs, while na­tive to this coun­try, are noc­tur­nal mam­mals and as such this means that their nor­mal healthy be­hav­iour should see them out and about and ac­tive at night, but sleep­ing dur­ing the day.

The Lan­cashire char­ity has re­ceived nu­mer­ous calls re­cently from con­cerned mem­bers of the pub­lic who have been mon­i­tor­ing an ap­par­ently healthy hog in their gar­dens, as they didn’t want to take it away from its home un­less ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary.

This cau­tious ap­proach would usu­ally be wel­comed with wildlife, as of­ten our well-mean­ing in­ter­ven­tion can ac­tu­ally have the op­po­site ef­fect on the an­i­mal con­cerned. How­ever, a hog out in the day does re­quire im­me­di­ate in­ter­ven­tion to give it the best chance of sur­vival.

Of­ten these hogs re­quire med­i­cal as­sis­tance as well as TLC to re­turn to full health which will en­able it to be re­leased back into the wild, this means that these hogs re­quire more spe­cial­ist care than mem­bers of the pub­lic can of­fer.

This doesn’t mean how­ever, that the first aid that they can give isn’t also life sav­ing for hogs.

Just by safely (us­ing thick gloves or a towel) pick­ing the hog up, plac­ing it in a box and pro­vid­ing a source of heat (even in hot weather), such as an old plas­tic drinks bot­tle filled with hot wa­ter, wrapped in a towel and placed in the box with the hog on it, (but with space to move off it if they wish), is the sin­gle most im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber if you see a hog out in the day and want to help it as best you can.

This ac­tion should be taken be­fore ring­ing any res­cue you are hop­ing to take the hog to.

Tak­ing this ac­tion if you see a hog out dur­ing the day look­ing wob­bly, ly­ing down, be­ing lethar­gic, with a lot of flies on it or around it, with an ob­vi­ous in­jury, it be­ing trapped, be­hav­ing oddly or hoglets with­out an adult all re­quire ur­gent as­sis­tance.

The swifter the ac­tion the higher the chances of sur­vival are and a suc­cess­ful re­turn to the wild.

If you see a hog out in the day that ap­pears busy and pur­pose­ful in its ac­tions then you can leave it alone as it is likely to be a mum on er­rands for her ba­bies, or an adult that has been dis­turbed and is look­ing for some­where else safe to sleep.

And these hogs should dis­ap­pear fairly quickly back to some­where quiet and out of sight.

In these cases, they do not need our as­sis­tance and any in­ter­fer­ence from us is likely to have detri­men­tal ef­fects for them.

But, these are the ex­cep­tion to the rule and Wood­lands, along with all the other so­ci­eties who look to pro­tect hedge­hogs is des­per­ate to get this mes­sage out to as many car­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic as pos­si­ble so as many hedge­hogs as pos­si­ble can be res­cued, saved, re­ha­bil­i­tated and re­leased in an ef­fort to preserve this fab­u­lous species for many gen­er­a­tions to come.

So, if you see a hog out dur­ing the day, re­mem­ber – a hog out in the day is not okay.

If you are in the South­port, Orm­skirk, Pre­ston and sur­round­ing ar­eas and you see a hog out dur­ing the day, please care­fully pick it up, place it in a high sided box, with a heat source as de­scribed above and then phone (please do not mes­sage or email be­cause time re­ally is of the essence) Wood­lands An­i­mal Sanc­tu­ary on 01704 823 293.

Wood­lands also has an out of hours num­ber and are able to take hogs in af­ter 5pm, but again this is by ap­point­ment only and they must be phoned once the pre­vi­ous steps have been fol­lowed.

Hedge­hogs are noc­tur­nal crea­tures so if you see one out in day­light it could be a cause for con­cern

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