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  • "Lucky" the hedgehog

    Can I just rant a bit about lowlifes who dump animals? Yesterday, I picked up a hedgehog - yes, a hedgehog - in a parking lot of a busy strip mall. I seriously doubt the hedgehog just wandered there since the strip mall is bordered by a busy highway and there are no houses nearby... but there he was, hanging out in the fake landscaping foliage. I was on my way into a store to grab a drink and thought I heard hissing and rustling around in the bush. Being familiar with hedgehogs, I thought the hissing sounded similar but couldn't figure out why on earth a hedgehog would be in a parking lot.

    "Please don't be a skunk", I prayed as I went investigating.

    No skunk, just a little hedgehog who was obviously cold, scared and very disoriented.

    I live in Canada. Hedgehogs are not native to Canada and our climate is not suited for them. The little guy didn't have a hope in heck of surviving. His little guardian angel was looking out for him when I came around - I've rescued about 9 hedgehogs so far and currently have another hedgehog at home, so I knew what to do. Of all the people that could have found him, it was me and he's a lucky little guy.

    So now I have a new little guy and he's quite happy to be tucked in a warm cage with a soft bed and good food, and I can't believe how anyone would just dump him like that. I'm not even going to bother trying to find the people who left him alone because they don't deserve the chance to do it again.

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    Kudos to you for rescuing "Lucky"!

    Is there some agency you could report all these rescued hedgehogs to, that might trace them to a common illegal importer and put a stop to their doings? Nine is A LOT to find in a climate that is not their natural habitat.

    Good "luck" to you and your new little guy. I love hedgehogs.
    Rack on!

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      #3
      Originally posted by Rackonteur View Post
      Kudos to you for rescuing "Lucky"!

      Is there some agency you could report all these rescued hedgehogs to, that might trace them to a common illegal importer and put a stop to their doings? Nine is A LOT to find in a climate that is not their natural habitat.

      Good "luck" to you and your new little guy. I love hedgehogs.
      Hedgehogs aren't illegal in Canada, so this guy likely came from a pet store or a breeder. The nine I had previously were all legal pets too - their owners just didn't really want them anymore or weren't suited. One came from a home where they blew marijuana smoke in his face and laughed when he'd fall off tables. Another had all his nails ripped out. A couple more were owner surrenders at the vet when they couldn't or wouldn't pay their bill, so the vet called me to take them instead. Of all the ones I've had, only three were actually chosen by me and the very first was because she had a massive quill infection and was weaned too early, so was very sickly. I took her to school with me every day so I could feed her every few hours and medicate her.

      Hedgehogs are great little pets if you know how to care for them. I have a dedicated hedgehog room/office that is always 20-23*C so they're nice and warm. Automatic timed heaters and heat lamps keep the little guys toasty, and they live on soft fleece bedding with a letterbox under their wheels. They're pretty spoiled little creatures,

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      • #4
        Wow! It is baffling that a human would just dump a hedgehog. It takes a real jerk to just drop an animal off at a store and not try to find someone who is willing to take them in (usually someone is and even though it is heartbreaking it is always better than dumping). I'm glad you heard this guy rustling about and were able to get him all snuggled up.

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          Originally posted by rockonxox View Post
          Wow! It is baffling that a human would just dump a hedgehog. It takes a real jerk to just drop an animal off at a store and not try to find someone who is willing to take them in (usually someone is and even though it is heartbreaking it is always better than dumping). I'm glad you heard this guy rustling about and were able to get him all snuggled up.
          Right? It just blows my mind that someone would even think it was okay to dump an animal. I'm finding out that he's a bit of a biter - not mean, but he nips when he feels threatened. If this is normal behaviour for him, that is probably at least part of the reason he got dumped off... but it's still so sad. He's bitten me 4 or 5 times since I found him and it's never hard enough to hurt or draw blood, and I couldn't even imagine abandoning him for it. He's so scared of everything, but he's started peeking out at me when I pick him up or check on him. I can tell he wants so badly to be friendly, he's just so nervous.

          Poor little guy, just breaks my heart.

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            Pics?

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            • #7
              Anyone recall the woman with a tame porcupine? Seemed very sweet, very big and the sweetest/dumbest expression? It made happy grunting sounds and loved affection.
              She had a video of it snuggling around her feet while she pet it with heavy leather work gloves.

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              • #8
                It seems to me the irresponsible persons allowing their dogs to run wild at horse shows share the same irresponsible behaviour as those abandoning a hedgehog in a parking lot. Bless you for homing him. Lucky little tyke.

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                • #9
                  Wow - Good for you, and him! If I found one, I would try to help it, but really not sure what to do. I'd have to find someone with experience. He hissed at the right person. He is Lucky he found you!

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                    Originally posted by Chall View Post
                    Anyone recall the woman with a tame porcupine? Seemed very sweet, very big and the sweetest/dumbest expression? It made happy grunting sounds and loved affection.
                    She had a video of it snuggling around her feet while she pet it with heavy leather work gloves.
                    Stickers or Snickers. You tube video is titled "porcupine that thinks he's a puppy"

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                      Originally posted by Callista17 View Post
                      Wow - Good for you, and him! If I found one, I would try to help it, but really not sure what to do. I'd have to find someone with experience. He hissed at the right person. He is Lucky he found you!
                      The saddest thing was, he wasn't even hissing to be heard. He was cold and disoriented and probably didn't even realize he was making noise. If I hadn't found him when I did, he likely would have died due to his core body temperature dropping past a safe level. It was only about 9*C and rainy when I found him - they're supposed to be kept in a dry, warm environment between 20-25*C. When I scooped him up, he immediately curled into a ball while I put him between layers of clothing to warm him up. I'm sure a lot of people in that parking lot were questioning my sanity when they watched me scoop something off the ground and immediately put it under my shirt.

                      He's definitely doing better now. He loves his wheel and food, and his snuggly fleece bed. I've been leaving him alone for the most part, just to decompress a bit, but he's getting used to me touching him a few times a day to make sure he's warm.

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                      • #12
                        Geez - I hate some people, and love it that you were there to save him.

                        My Mum (in UK) lives in Salisbury and puts out bread and milk outside the patio door to her living room, leaves the inside lights on and watches the parade of little things coming for their supper.

                        BTW: How do porcupines make love (answer: very carefully). Sorry folks, that's from my grandson.
                        Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique

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