Yesterday afternoon, as I was walking the girls back from school, we saw a hedgehog.
Just sitting on the path by the lake, in broad daylight, which is most suspicious for a hedgehog, as they are primarily nocturnal.
We stopped and watched it for a while, and it became obvious that there was something wrong with it. As it was breathing, bubbles of mucus emerged from its nose.
1/My knowledge of hedgehogs is minimal.
2/To take it to the Vet would cost me £50 just to walk in through the door, let alone the cost of any treatment.
3/The area around the pond is a hang-out zone for some rough youngsters, who certainly would take a pot-shot at the poor creature, if not use it as a football till it died.
What to do, was the quandary, till I had a brainwave - phone my ex-husband.
In the past he has nursed many injured birds back to health, and he has a large secluded garden with adequate natural food sources for a hedgehog.
He kindly agreed to come down and rescue the hedgehog, who is not yet full-grown, and take it back home with him.
I am pleased to report that today Bernie the hedgehog is resuming a proper nocturnal lifestyle and appears well :-)