2 more admissions today

We have 2 new admissions again today, first Russell who was found wedged between the edge of a patio and a garden fence unable to get out. Russell was rescued and has now joined us at Spike’s to recuperate. Thank you so much to the lovely lady who made this possible. Russell is shown in the photograph ‘wedged’ before his rescue.

Secondly, Iris was collected from a local vets, having been found out during the day and taken there by a member of the public. She was very dehydrated and starving, she also has a few parasites but she is already eating well and settling in. Iris is shown here laying out of her bed asleep.

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SPIKE’S AT THE KENT VEGAN FESTIVAL

What a great day! Not only did Spike’s raise £451.09 for our hedgehogs but a lot of people were made aware of the plight of this beautiful creature. Thank you to everyone who came and supported our stall by buying goods & raffle tickets and making donations. Wow, what a great day!!

We cannot say thank you enough to the great ladies who most generously donated hand made hedgehog items (all of exceptional quality) for us to sell, without you we could not have achieved this – thank you all so much! A big thank you to Angela, who gives tirelessly at every opportunity of her time and money for the hedgehogs, you are an inspiration.vegan fair stall May 2016.jpg

Our raffle (which was independently drawn by a member of Animal Aid) was won by a lovely lady called Sarah who collected her hedgehog cushion shortly after the draw on Saturday. Thank you to everyone who bought tickets.

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Releases, donations & updates

Our releases back to the wild of our over wintered hedgehogs is nearly complete, with 34 going free fit and healthy. The photo is ofrelease one of our girls preparing for her release.
 
Our very grateful thanks to all those who have most kindly donated to Spikes when they have come to take their hedgehogs back to their gardens, it is so kind of people and helps us to continue our work.
 
Updates – our 3 recent patients, all with ringworm, are well on the way to recovery and as soon as new spines grow will all go back to the wild.
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New admissions

Our first 2 admissions of 2016. Both hedgehogs were found in the same garden and both have ringworm, you can see in the photos the result of ringworm, it makes their spines fall out and the crusty ‘cauliflower’ ears. The spines will soon grow back and the ears will return to normal after treatment. Obviously, we have started the necessary treatment and both seem quite unconcerned by all the attention!

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This is what makes it all worthwhile ..

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These are some of the litter of 5 babies who came to Spikes and were hand reared last year after their mother died. This is what really brings a smile to our faces as they are now in their release pens prior to going free very soon. The wonderful lady, June who originally found the mother in distress last year has looked after the 5 all winter, feeding them and cleaning them out (no mean feat I can assure you!), and today they were relocated to their release pens. Here they are investigating the grass for the very time in their lives before going back to bed until the night.June 2

June has made a wonderful job of caring for these hedgehogs as they are very fit and healthy and can’t wait to ‘get out there’ and be proper hedgehogs.

Thank you so much for everything June.

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RELEASE TIME!

hope & faithFinally, we can think about releasing
our hedgehogs.  All came in either sick, injured or too small to hibernate and although some are still hibernating (!) others are getting ‘twitchy’ to go back to the wild. We will start contacting the finders over the next week (for those that are ready) and then as others awake from their hibernation and build their strength up, they too will go free. Happy days!

The first picture shows Hope & Faith snuggled up in their hiberation nest, snoring away while the second picture is of Hope, bleary eyed checking out her breakfast bowl – she has just woken and is feeding madly.

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STRIMMERS & MOWERS

The Easter weekend is popular for many to start clearing up the garden (weather permitting!) Please, please think before strimming/mowing overgrown areas, there may be a hedgehog hibernating or just asleep in the undergrowth. We have dealt with many horrific injuries from strimmers – just a check of the area first may save a life.
 
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