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GUEST,Anne Croucher BS: Hedgehogs (93* d) RE: BS: Hedgehogs 18 Aug 04

where did it go??!!
Can computers get hicups?

The hedgehog - as I was saying when interupted - is a sweet little creature, except it often has fleas and ticks, but a quick spray of insecticide suitable for pet birds will sort them out, it has small teeth for demolishing insects, worms, slugs and the like, and if picked up carefully just rolls up and hopes you'll go away, but will then unroll to see if you have gone away, and you can look at it.

They make a frightful noise munching up the unfortunate slug etc, and it can be rather alarming to wander out to enjoy the night air and hear them eating. Apparently when mating they make a terrific row, but they are usually not vocal at all.

Foxes eat them, they leave the prickly skin intact but extract everything from it leaving a sad curled up bog brush with no handle ex hoggie.

There used to be hedgehogs around here, and might still be, but the fox population is much higher than when we came here about 25 years ago now, so they might have all been et.

The spines are modified hair, and when they are born they are short and soft, but soon harden in the air and give the infant some protection. The adults can run quite fast in a sprint, but they tend to bumble along pushing their noses - which are on the end of a ratherpointed little face - into everything to see if there is something edible underneath. They are quite strong and can push aside quite heavy objects if they deem them to be in the way.

They hybernate in cold weather, and a number get killed by dozing in piles of wood and inflamable rubbish in early November, unaware that on the 5th, or thereabouts we celebrate the gunpowder plot with bonfires and fireworks.

Apparently they thrive on catfood, should you wish to feed them.


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