Saturday, September 20, 2014

It'll be all white on the night...



Last night I was out checking the moth trap and found this little chap, a bit out of sorts, loitering about the garden. At first I wondered what was the matter with it, but then I realised it was an albino!

It has pink eyes, bare parts, the lot and, what I have not noticed on normal Hedgehogs before, some thin longer spines that stick through the normal ones like cocktail sticks. It was sporting a fully fed Castor Bean Tick near its ear and seemed a bit sluggish, so we took it into care.

It was placed in a box with hay and a hot water bottle with a dish of catfood over night. This morning the food had all gone, so things look well. We duly delivered him to Carole Catchpole's Hedgehog Rescue Centre at Longframlington to be taken care of for a while before release.

She told us he was a male and just looked to be about a year old. We spend a lot of time, both day and night in the garden looking at wildlife and have never seen this individual before. It just shows, you never know what you might come upon unexpectedly...

 

3 comments:

Steve Gale said...

Since Rolf's demise the BBC are looking for a front man to present a relaunch of 'Animal Hospital'... interested?

amanda peters said...

Sooooo cute, what amazing find and glad you were able to take it in then get it to the right people. Have thought of going to the park at night to see what wildlife is about ..
Amanda xx

Johnnykinson said...

Now a co star on Look North.