Finally, after much anticipation and finger crossing, we have seen the first images of a hedgehog exploring inside my daughter’s Hedgehog House (made for school exam project). I really didn’t believe my luck last night as I looked in at a perfect time… just as one arrived!
The record button was quickly activated and I had no idea what would happen next! The hedgehog may have walked straight out again. However, it went straight into one corner and after a little adjusting itself into the space went to sleep! It looked like it knew its way around too.
Watching through a camera in a situation like this it is a difficult call to choose between recording video or taking photos. I completely understand that not everyone can view my videos. In this posting I have kept the videos as short ones to aid viewing when this is such a treat to be able to see.
For those who can’t view videos at all (like my parents who get a printed copy at the end of each month) I have some photos. The first video shows the hedgehog coming in and settling down to the corner seen above.
After an hour’s nap (my guess too) it leaves the house after eating some mealworms in the corridor outside the main chamber…
…only to return again half an hour later. Or did it? Could this be a second visitor… I certainly couldn’t tell as I watched transfixed.
So what happened next? Another nap of course! Okay… but we were heading towards 1am and I was in need of a good nap myself. Ah… but I was curious to see if another hog (or the first one if there had been two visitors) would come in and what would happen then!
Nope… there were no further guests last night! Phew… too much excitement for one night perhaps. Ah… but plenty of room for one hedgehog to stretch out and make itself at home. Look out for the little feet in the photos below. The head finally faces towards the bottom right hand corner.
Nap over… it was time to head out into the night once again. Oh… but maybe just a few more mealworms first. It could be a long night 🙂
Mm… change of plan… just another quick nap perhaps? You can see how fast the hedgehog’s heart is beating if you watch the video closely. You can get some idea now of just how slow this heart rate must be reduced for hibernation.
Time was marching on as I watched the napping hedgehog and I guessed this time it could probably have another hours nap or longer… it was time for me to get some sleep now too.
Last night’s capture started at 11.06pm and hedgehogs can follow the same time night after night but tonight it is very wet with lots of puddles around my garden in borders and on paths so I might suspect we won’t see it appear.
On the other hand, it might just remember how dry, cosy and comfortable this hedgehog house and come in out of the rain. I’ll be ‘looking in’ with my camera just in case! Two nights in a row… I wonder…
Wishing you a great weekend 😀
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Since this blog was uploaded more information and articles have become available. Please avoid feeding bird food to wild hedgehogs. Although they will enjoy it (especially dried mealworms) these foods can cause Metabolic Bone Disease in hedgehogs. Sultanas are bad for their teeth too. Please follow the following link to the August 2020 update on feeding wild hedgehogs after reading this post.
All photos and videos shown above were taken in my garden late on September 2nd and early morning September 3rd 2009. The camera used in this hedgehog house is by Handykam.