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Chestnut the Hedgehog

By Ade_Osman    
As some of you are aware, we lost our dogs to illness and old age last May. Since they passed away, we noted we were getting some visitors of the spikey kind visit our garden at night. So after a very quick self taught crash course on what to do to encourage them even more we now get nightly visits by these wonderful and endearing little creatures, what we didn't realise when we first started is that in the autumn before hibernation some of the adults have second litters and these baby juveniles without our intervention and help would because of their lack of fat not make it through the long cold winter. Anyhow to cut a long story short, we rescued several individuals and kept them going with the help of a specialised carer who knew what she was talking about through the winter in the safety of my workshop. We fed them and treated them for their minor ailments and whilst we got to know them better we always knew they were wild animals and as such we would when the time was right have to return them to the wild.
They've now all been successfully released back into the wild now and we keep an eye on them scurrying around through the night with a CCTV system and a few Bushnell Stealth Cams. During the day they usually lay up and sleep in special boxes I've made and have placed around the garden. For those interested and not already aware, we have a live feed from these cameras to the internet at night so if other folk are interested they can share the watching these wonderful creatures. You can access this feed by visiting my website or pointing your browser too Ade's Garden Cams It works best with Internet Explorer 9 & 10 if you have problems viewing it.
I posted this image along with some others in today's Photo Month Forum Thread but as I know not everyone frequent the forums I thought I'd post this image in the galleries too.
Apologies if I still don't appear to be commenting or partaking in the site as much as usual, I won't bore you with all the details other than to say I'm still not quite right health wise Sad But as everyday passes things are slowly improving, so if you're wondering why you're just getting the odd vote and not my more usual quirky comments Smile that's the main reason.
Hope you enjoy looking/reading this, regards as always to all......Ade

Tags: General Pets and captive animals Hedgehogs Wildlife and nature Humour and fun

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Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
28 Apr 2013 11:51AM
By the sounds of things you have enough on your plate with all your animal rescue and nature conservation work, so it is no wonder you have so little time for epz! It's good to see one of your resident hedgehogs, he looks to be in fine fettle, no doubt because you've been keeping him fed and housed so well in what must be like a five star hotel in the hedgehog world!Wink

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saltireblue Plus
6 6.0k 33 Norway
28 Apr 2013 11:58AM
Having seen some of the exploits on Adecam, it is good to see a 'normal' image of one of these, Ade.
Hope things continue to improve for you, just take one day at a time.Smile

All the best.

CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
28 Apr 2013 12:06PM
You did such a good job with the hogs during the winter months, Ade, I'm sure they appreciated it. Do hope you get back to full strength very soon. Carol
28 Apr 2013 12:21PM
This was a wonderful help to these beautiful delicate creatures! Well done!
johnjo58 6 2 5 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2013 1:14PM
Lovely photo and a great narrative Ade. Such a wonderful experience to help and support nature when times are tough. Hats off to you and Mrs Ade.

7 10 10 England
28 Apr 2013 1:41PM
Thes are some lucky hedgehogs Ade having all this care and attention.Smile Will have to do some cam catch up but like this image very much.
Greyheron 14 282 7 England
28 Apr 2013 2:42PM
Well done you big softy Wink Superb conservation work Ade Grin

gingerdelight 10 298 11 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2013 4:33PM
A lovely image Ade. I still look in on your camera every so often Smile
I hope that your health improves soon, take care.
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2013 5:03PM
A wonderful image, I particularly liked your upload Forum images.

Regards and I hope that you are well or as well as can be

Nathan GrinGrinGrin
SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
28 Apr 2013 5:04PM
Lovely to see. And great that they have kind people like you to look after them. Smile
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
28 Apr 2013 6:31PM
Congrats on the care and attention you have been giving to the hedgehogs Ade-- just remember to keep some of that care and attention directed to yourself now.GrinGrinGrin
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2013 7:00PM
After all your hard work, Ade, it must be gratifying to release the hedgehogs and to know that they probably would not have survived without your intervention. I hope they keep visiting your garden throughout the summer months.
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
28 Apr 2013 7:27PM
I think he likes his clean bed--- a cute one!
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2013 7:50PM

Quote:Having seen some of the exploits on Adecam, it is good to see a 'normal' image of one of these, Ade.
Hope things continue to improve for you, just take one day at a time.Smile

All the best.


loved seeing this - still miss mine left behind at the previous residence, would have been silly to move them here, no wildlife has returned to this disturbed building siteSad
phil_j 10 134 4 England
28 Apr 2013 8:14PM
What a lovely story Ade, and my admiration goes out to you for what you have done here, if only there were more people around like yu.
I hope that things start to improve for you soon as per health matters, it's always nice to see your [hoto's and comments.

Take care Mate
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
28 Apr 2013 11:22PM
fantastic work and I think it is more rewarding than the odd vote Smile great you care so much. We have some hedgehogs,too but no stealth camera system.
Philip_P 11 71 1 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2013 1:52PM
Thanks for sharing your experience with us Ade, Hogs are great to watch and you are so lucky to have them visit your garden. Keep up the good work and best wishes for a speedy recovery
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
29 Apr 2013 4:27PM
I think it's absolutely amazing what you've done for these adorable fellas, Ade. Kudos Smile

I do hope you feel better soon, and thanks so much for uploading this for us! SUCH a sweet shot SmileSmile

Fefe Plus
4 23 31 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2013 12:41PM
What a cutieGrinGrin
Hope you get back to your usual self soonSmile
1 May 2013 8:17AM
great shot hope things continue to improve for you
Big_Beavis 11 4 2 England
6 May 2013 3:34AM
Good on you Ade, just heard something yesterday (Country File perhaps) that said the hedgehog population had gone in recent times from 32 million to 1 million (an approximation). So they need all the help they can get.

BarbaraR 10 17 1 England
18 Jun 2013 6:20PM
Bless you for your kindness and good work Ade.
I love hedgehogs and do a bit to help them in my garden too.
They are becoming a rare sight I think.
This one in your shot looks a fine big specimen !

B. Smile

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