Now having missed the first appearance of the baby hedgehog visiting the gnomes earlier this week I was thinking it may be one of those DMJ -MB wind ups but then seeing the poor little thing twice for myself and then yesterday afternoon having to give it a drink twice within a couple of hours and placing her under the Abbey Arms in the hope the shade would help her, how did I know it was a her? well we will get to that in a minute.
As 4.30pm approached yesterday both Mick and I were knackered having cut the pitch in the full heat of the sun and then sat in the Abbey Arms having a cold drink when we again noticed the baby HH on the gravel and not looking very well, we again gave it a drink and put back in the shade and we then headed off home,
When arriving home I mentioned the HH to the girls which caused a real commotion along the lines of poor thing at which point I said I did not think it would last the night, with that it was upstairs to find a shoe box and back to the Abbey stadium via Tesco for some premium dog food, on arrival at the stadium we pulled up alongside the Abbey Arms and there laid the baby hedgehog again, after lots of RRRRRRRRSSSSSS and poor thing from the girls I picked it up and gave it a drink and then offered it some dog food now remembering it was still a baby understood
it could not use the dinner fork I had taken so used a wooden tea stirrer to feed it and seemed like it had not eaten for days by the way it hoovered up the meat poor thing was starving and very thirsty. It was clear that it could not survive on its own and that the mother was not around.
The HH was boxed up and heading home for the evening were it received A&E treatment all night with feeds and waters little and often and this morning was still alive and looking a little better.
The HH has now been transferred to the HH hospital at Shepreth, Willers Mill, the HH was female and named Hillary and weighed in at just 92grams but the staff confirmed she was looking well and expected to make a full
recovery , We made a donation of £50 for its upkeep .
All in the days work of a Head Groundsman as these little guys and girls are so valuable to the gardens and lawns