Happy endings

It’s always a pleasure to report on our success stories. Below are all the hogs who ‘came out the other side’ of their stay at the Lodge.

However, it’s worth remembering that for every success story there is often a sad ending to report for those hogs not lucky enough to make it through. Spare a thought for those who weren’t so fortunate.


  1. sammy says:

    I need some advice please. I currently have a juvenile in my care and was checking him over when he went really flat and long. He put his head and front paws on my arm and his back legs were stretched out behind him. He sighed and just layed there with his prickles completely flat. What was he doing?
    Little Jack will be going to my local hedgehog hospital once the snow has cleared as he is too underweight to
    Hibernate. I have rescued many hogs over the years, but this behaviour took my breath away.
    Hope to hear from you soon. Sam.

    1. clayts says:

      Does he do anything when you touch him (eg flinch, curl up ?). Hogs can suddenly go completely flat which can, sadly, be a precursor to a complete shut down and, sorry to say this, eventual death – there’s little you can do other than offer palliative care (keep him warm on a heatpad or hot water bottle) until he gently passes.

      If, however, he does flinch or curl up, the good news is that sort of behaviour usually means you have a completely relaxed hedgehog – they often lie on their tummies with their front legs splayed out in front and their back legs splayed out behind them, sometimes if they are very warm as they sweat through their tummies.

  2. sammy says:

    He is very lively and will grump and climb and is eating like a little trooper.
    But as soon as I pick him up and sit him on my arm all his prickles go totally flat and he stretches out.
    His nose gets very very wet too. He seems to become very alert when he hears my voice.
    I believe the prognosis for him is fantastic, just worrying myself silly for all the little ones we
    Released in spring as its terrible weather. I just want to keep them. All safe. Sam xx

  3. clayts says:

    I wouldn’t worry about that odd behaviour at all. The little guys are very confiding until they get to around about 8 weeks old (around 400g) then they turn into stroppy teenagers and do not want to be handled under any circumstances, which is a very good thing.

    Just a word of warning about handling hogs and the dangers of imprinting. We adopt a ‘hands off’ approach as much as possible (aside from daily weighing up to 600g, medication and the daily clean out) and try to avoid talking to them- hogs can imprint on humans quite easily, and when they do it’s devastating – they can never be released into the wild as they simply will never be scared of humans- sadly, not all humans are as kind towards wildlife as you clearly are !

    Any hogs released in Spring 2010 will be tucked up in bed and fast asleep right now, so don’t worry about them. The ones that need our help are the late-litter juveniles – they’re still pouring into hedgehog rescue centres and wildlife rescues up and down the country, and some are struggling on through the snow.

    Sounds like Jack is just a happy little hog.