Selby Wildlife Rehabilitation appeals for help to support influx of baby hedgehogs

One of the young hedgehogs which are being cared for at the Selby Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre; this one had an ear infection

Arthur the owl at the Thirsk rescue centre

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy news editor

A SURPRISE influx of baby hedgehogs and ducklings has left a North Yorkshire wildlife rescue charity struggling for cash.

The warm spell in October appears to have fooled some wildlife mothers into having more babies late in the year.

Selby Wildlife Rehabilitation is caring for 30 hedgehogs, some weighing under 200g. Hedgehogs are in serious decline and they need to weigh at least 650g to survive hibernation.

They will be released next spring, but are currently consuming 70 cans of pet food each week together with dried meal worms and kitten biscuits.

The centre is also caring for out-of-season ducklings found wandering among Christmas shoppers in York, plus a sparrowhawk.

In December, the centre at Low Mill, York Road, Barlby, is usually quiet but manager Annette Pyrah said: “We are busier than ever with many people ringing up after seeing small hedgehogs foraging about in daylight. Nature seems quite confused at the moment with ducks hatching baby ducklings in November and hedgehogs which should be in hibernation still wandering about despite freezing temperatures.”

Annette is appealing for help to support them over winter.

“We have recently installed a stove in the wildlife cabin and we are desperate for logs and coal as we keep the stove going all night. We also need everyday things like disinfectant, plus dog meat for the hungry hogs.”

To offer support to the centre, which takes in creatures from York, Leeds, Selby and beyond, visit selbywildlife.co.uk

Another wildlife charity, Thirsk-based Wildlife Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre, has rescued its 1000th animal this year.

Arthur the Tawny owl was taken after it was hit by a car last Saturday night.

Lauren Langley, founder and director of the centre, said: “Tawny owls are very often victims of road accidents and can suffer from concussion for up to a week afterwards. Arthur is already making a great recovery.”

Arthur has been moved from the intensive care suite into an outdoor aviary, alongside six other owls awaiting release.

The Wildlife Haven also takes all wild animals and is caring for more than 30 hedgehogs, a dozen pigeons, bats, rabbits, squirrels, foxes and a mixture of garden birds.

For more details visit thewildlifehaven.org or facebook.com/thewildlifehaven

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3:46am Sun 22 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

Apparently hedgehogs also like to eat the 'fatcakes' you make for birds... I had made up a fatcake after frying some bacon (whilst the fat is still liquid in the pan, tilt the pan to get the fat in one concentrated area and put in birdseed then mix it with the fat and allow to solidify) - I saw a hedgehog in the garden looking around for nibbles and placed a spoon with some of the fatcake right beside him; he gave it a sniff and then feasted away on it, so I gave him the rest of it too.
Apparently hedgehogs also like to eat the 'fatcakes' you make for birds... I had made up a fatcake after frying some bacon (whilst the fat is still liquid in the pan, tilt the pan to get the fat in one concentrated area and put in birdseed then mix it with the fat and allow to solidify) - I saw a hedgehog in the garden looking around for nibbles and placed a spoon with some of the fatcake right beside him; he gave it a sniff and then feasted away on it, so I gave him the rest of it too. Magicman!
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8:12pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Oyy you says...

Magicman! wrote:
Apparently hedgehogs also like to eat the 'fatcakes' you make for birds... I had made up a fatcake after frying some bacon (whilst the fat is still liquid in the pan, tilt the pan to get the fat in one concentrated area and put in birdseed then mix it with the fat and allow to solidify) - I saw a hedgehog in the garden looking around for nibbles and placed a spoon with some of the fatcake right beside him; he gave it a sniff and then feasted away on it, so I gave him the rest of it too.
Did he use the spoon.........
[quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: Apparently hedgehogs also like to eat the 'fatcakes' you make for birds... I had made up a fatcake after frying some bacon (whilst the fat is still liquid in the pan, tilt the pan to get the fat in one concentrated area and put in birdseed then mix it with the fat and allow to solidify) - I saw a hedgehog in the garden looking around for nibbles and placed a spoon with some of the fatcake right beside him; he gave it a sniff and then feasted away on it, so I gave him the rest of it too.[/p][/quote]Did he use the spoon......... Oyy you
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3:05am Tue 24 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

Oyy you wrote:
Magicman! wrote:
Apparently hedgehogs also like to eat the 'fatcakes' you make for birds... I had made up a fatcake after frying some bacon (whilst the fat is still liquid in the pan, tilt the pan to get the fat in one concentrated area and put in birdseed then mix it with the fat and allow to solidify) - I saw a hedgehog in the garden looking around for nibbles and placed a spoon with some of the fatcake right beside him; he gave it a sniff and then feasted away on it, so I gave him the rest of it too.
Did he use the spoon.........
He ate it off the spoon....
[quote][p][bold]Oyy you[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: Apparently hedgehogs also like to eat the 'fatcakes' you make for birds... I had made up a fatcake after frying some bacon (whilst the fat is still liquid in the pan, tilt the pan to get the fat in one concentrated area and put in birdseed then mix it with the fat and allow to solidify) - I saw a hedgehog in the garden looking around for nibbles and placed a spoon with some of the fatcake right beside him; he gave it a sniff and then feasted away on it, so I gave him the rest of it too.[/p][/quote]Did he use the spoon.........[/p][/quote]He ate it off the spoon.... Magicman!
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