We had a hedgehog outside our front door this morning. Not a common occurance and I had absolutely no idea what to do with the thing. He seemed happy enough to pace up and down our garden path so I gave him a bowel of milk and left him to it. I’m hoping he’ll either have departed the area or managed to get himself out of the sun by tonight.
So I come to work, do a little netsurfing and find out that some people actually have hedgehogs as pets. There’s even a tutorial on ‘how to handle a hedgehog‘.
- Start in the evening, when your hedgehog is likely to be awake. A sleepy hedgehog can be grumpy!
- Allow your hedgehog to sniff your hand, so that he/she will recognize you.
- Place your hands palm side up on either side of the hedgehog.
- Gently push hands under hedgehog’s feet.
- Cup hands and lift hedgehog cradled in your hands.
- If necessary, you can gently corner your hedgehog in it’s cage to prevent him/her running away before being scooped up.
- It’s okay if the hedgehog huffs and snuffles, but if your hedgehog is very upset (trying to roll into a ball), it’s best to give it a rest and try again later.
- Feel free to resort to bribery if necessary – a well timed offering of a mealworm or other favorite treat can convince your hedgehog that you are friendly.
- Once your hedgehog is out, allow it to explore your hands and lap at his/her own pace.
- A relaxed hedgehog lays down its spines, and at this point you can try petting him or her (in the direction the spines lay, of course).
- Offer treats while handling your hedgehog, and your pet will likely learn to look forward to handling.
So, there you go.