An extremely busy Hedgehog year at the GSPCA

Submitted by Steve on 10:04, 6th Sep, 2017 | 0

Since the start of 2017 the GSPCA have helped over 320 hedgehogs making it one of the busiest years on record with 4 months still to go.

Last night the latest baby hedgehog which was named Pins was found gasping and very thin and has spent the night in an intensive care unit with special food and care.

During the Summer at one point we had over 130 hedgehogs meaning the most hedgehogs we have ever had at one time in our care.

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His Excellency & Lady Corder help release Gov the hedgehog back where he was found at Government House

Submitted by Steve on 09:23, 16th May, 2017 | 0

In the middle of Winter on the 4th January a very thin unwell hedgehog was rescued in the grounds at Government House.

The poorly hedgehog which was half his ideal body weight would have likely perished if he hadn’t have been rescued and brought into the GSPCA to care for over the last few months.

The hedgehog which has been called ‘Governor’ has made huge improvements and as he has now reached a healthy release weight.

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Guernsey hedgehog survey - Please help Charlotte with her final university project about the hedgehog population in Guernsey

Submitted by Steve on 21:25, 3rd Aug, 2016 | 0

Charlotte Le Marquand is from Guernsey and currently a zoology student at Swansea University undertaking her final year project under the supervision of Dr Dan Forman.

The main focus of my project is to understand the distribution and abundance of hedgehogs in Guernsey. Charlotte has previously undertaken some volunteer work with the GSPCA during 2009 and has also visited the Shelter with a veterinary surgeon from Les Eturs Veterinary Centre while on work experience in 2013 and also this summer as we are helping support her with her project.

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Warning very poorly baby hedgehog at the GSPCA

Submitted by Steve on 19:59, 28th Mar, 2016 | 0

On Tuesday a very poorly baby hedgehog or hoglet was brought into the GSPCA.

At only 3 to 4 weeks of age 'Diddy' as she's been named was covered in mange, very thin and also full of fly eggs and tiny maggots.

On arrival GSPCA staff Sarah Ozanne and Geoff George were on hand to help care for and clean off the fly eggs and maggots.

For the first few days the tiny hoglet was very weak and was taken home by Sarah to care for around the clock.

Nearly a week on and we are pleased to say that Diddy is doing well and growing stronger each day.

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Wee Billy isn't that wee anymore - could you help the hedgehogs in our care at the GSPCA

Submitted by Steve on 16:54, 24th Feb, 2016 | 0

Every year hundreds of hedgehogs are rescued and cared for at the GSPCA in Guernsey.

Last September as the summer ended and autumn was setting in a 26g baby hoglet was found, rescued and brought into the GSPCA.

Wee Billy when he was rescued was tiny and really needed his mum as he relied on being milk fed and toileted.

Thanks to the team at the Animal Shelter Wee Billy received around the clock care in an intensive care unit and its wasn't long before we saw the weight gain and growth.

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Percy Pricklesworth the hedgehog heads back to the wild

Submitted by Steve on 19:53, 3rd Sep, 2015 | 0

With hundreds of hedgehogs rescued every year it is always lovely to wave them off when they are fully recovered back to the wild.

On the 23rd July a very little hedgehog was found in St Martins thin and a number of health concerns.

After 6 weeks of care and TLC GSPCA Shelter staff contacted the finders who helped rescue and name 'Percy Pricklesworth' to collect him and return him to the wild.

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Spring is in the air - Pumpkin and Parsnip off back to the wild

Submitted by Steve on 22:53, 3rd Apr, 2015 | 0

As the days get longer and the temperature rises the weather is just right for some of our prickly Winter residents to head back to the wild.

Pumpkin the hedgehog was found by Michelle Johansen near Ville au Roi last November at only 330g which would have meant she wouldn't have survived the Winter.

Parsnip was found early December at only 356g in a similar area by Michelle.

Both hedgehogs have spent the Winter at the GSPCA and with the weather just right and Pumpkin up to 960g and Parsnip at 872g they have both reached more than needed in weight to be released.

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Lucky Lamar the hedgehog & helpful information on what to do if you find one sick or injured

Submitted by Steve on 15:32, 25th Nov, 2014 | 0

With Autumn and Winter upon us it is always a difficult time for hedgehogs.

Last week the GSPCA Ambulance Collection Officer Geoff George was called out to a hedgehog that was trapped in a drain in Castel.

Lamar as she has been called was rushed to the GSPCA Animal Shelter in St Andrews where she is being cared for and monitored.

Thankfully she had no major injuries, although a little thin the hedgehog team are keeping a watchful eye on her.

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Hautes Capelles Primary School awarded a very special prickly gift

Submitted by Steve on 16:36, 5th Sep, 2014 | 0

Earlier this year Sarah Ozanne and Lucy Ogier (Animal Care Assistants at the GSPCA) organised a competition to increase awareness of Hedgehogs in Guernsey. 

There were two classes - creating a 'Hedgehog Awareness Poster' and 'Build a Hedgehog House'. 

We were amazed by the response and had some fantastic entries. 

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With more hoglets in at the GSPCA here is advice on what to do if you find young hedgehogs

Submitted by Steve on 17:23, 29th Jul, 2014 | 0

At the GSPCA we have started to see the another round of Hoglets (baby hedgehogs) being found and rescued in Guernsey.

You normally see Hoglets in May, June or July, when the first litters are generally born, and in August-September, when the second litters are born.

During April and May we had a number of Hoglets rescued and also mothers that gave birth on site, many of which are already back in the wild.

The average size of a litter is four to five, and they appear after about a 4 1/2 week pregnancy.

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