After almost a month of waiting very patiently, Leila brought her little ones out of the nest tonight to explore their garden enclosure. We spotted 2 of them and they are completely adorable.
I am a Grand-hogma!! We just popped outside to give Leila her last dose of medicine and Christian noticed a little baby hoglet inside her nest! He quickly covered the nest back up to not disturb.
The following photo of Leila was taken on the first day we got her from the SPCA. She was treated and released, but recently came back to our garden needing treatment for a bad case of lung worm. We have been treating her and she was just about to be released again when we discovered the little surprise. Can't wait to meet them.
Note - If you ever come across a nest of hoglets, it is best to leave them be, otherwise you might scare the mother away and the hoglets would not survive.
Little Leila is back in McDiggery hospital. We just found her after hearing loud hog cough sounds outside. She may have lung worm again and will likely need treatment before she goes back on her merry way. Now we know for sure it is her we have been feeding these past months!!. So glad she still hangs around our garden!
Water & food sources are crucial to our wildlife particularly in warmer weather as they struggle to find BOTH. Please leave water & cat biscuits out for your wildlings. Check out this adorable healthy example of a hog, having a drink. Shallow heavy bowls are best with clean water daily & some cat biscuits placed beside it.
Tonight we bravely opened the door at Hoggiton tonight to Leila-Hoggis back into the big-wild world. We have had her since she was a baby, so it is really tough letting go. Keep safe out there Leila - stay away from any big loud things that move!. Thanks for all your advice Hedgehog Rescue New Zealand.
We cannot believe our little old man Cedric McDiggery discharged himself from our ‘maximum-security’ garden at Hoggiton last night! He is so clever, the first hog to escape and we have no idea how he did it! Luckily he was just about ready for release. Farewell out there little guy. You carry a piece of our hearts with you.
Cedric loves to play 'hide the schnoz' when the camera comes out!.. He will be ready for release very soon. The vet recently x-rayed his back legs after he took on a very strange walk (all OK thankfully) and was able to identify that he is an old man!. So happy he will have another shot out in the wild to complete his bucket list. Going to miss our grumpy old man.
Cedric is loving his new house with hobbit windows big enough for his schnoz! He is playing a game poking his nose out from one side of the box to the other with great determination. So cute!
Check out ma sweet new belly fuzz everyone!. I am getting a swanky new fur coat on my underside and new quills just started sprouting up top too. Woop woop! Love Cedric McD
Check me out on my new snuggle safe!. While you are at it, check out my lovely new smooth skin thanks to 'Oil of Olive' direct from our pantry range. Thank you very much for my new snuggle safe Helle. Me loves it.. and it warms my belly just nicely. Love Cedric 'Humper-Pants' McD xo
We got a big surprise with our little Cedric McDiggery this week. In our complete ignorance of hedgehog gendering, we originally thought he was a boy, then changed our minds and settled on him being a female, only to find him becoming overly friendly with his blanket, then his hot water bottle, and then everything else! When we finally realised he most definitely is a boy (and that it was not a 5th leg we were seeing!). We now bestow Cedric McDiggery with the nickname 'Mr Humper-Pants'. His behaviour is a great sign that he is well on his road to recovery.
A hoglets journey:
Meet the McDiggery's
McDiggery Hedgehog Rescue
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