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I have bailed this hedgehog — or a hedgehog, anyway — out of the house every night for a week. Sometimes twice.

No, he’s not tame. Every time I walk in on him, he gets that “oh, shit!” look on his face and disappears under the nearest piece of furniture. Little bastards are quick. Once he panicked and pee’d the floor. And then disappeared under the nearest piece of furniture.

In the end, we got some advice from Sussex Wildlife Trust. We were worried he might be sick or something. Nope. He (it’s almost certainly a he) has developed a powerful cat food jones. It started with the leftover bits of nasty old cat food I flipped out into the grass for the chooks and graduated into breaking and entering.

So I’m trying an experiment. At the end of the day, I’m putting the cats’ bowl out back for him. So far its…well, see the picture. The cats don’t seem to mind a bit (cats are communists).

Got a note from my next-door neighbor this morning: she put food out on the deck for her cat and caught a hedgehog with his nose in it. Broad daylight.

Either we have a family of the prickly little bastards, or we’re going to have Sussex’s most morbidly obese hedgie.

Comments


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: July 10, 2017, 9:42 pm

Concerned Question:
How did “Hedgie” get into your abode? Do you have cat-operated swinging door to let the Felis cati into your (and their) habitat?

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 10, 2017, 9:59 pm

No, it’s been really hot for the past week, so we’ve left the doors open for a breeze. We don’t usually, but it’s not usually hot.

Of course, ‘really hot’ for here is in the eighties.

 


Comment from Monty James
Time: July 10, 2017, 10:02 pm

I agree with you that cats are Leftists, but only to the extent that they are for the most part selfish little buggers, and their idea of communism is that you give them free stuff. Cats are nature’s Clinton voters. I have a hard time imagining one would be a good sport about his food dish being nationalized, but I don’t know everything.

Maybe the cat just doesn’t want to tangle with a hedgehog?

 


Comment from AliceH
Time: July 10, 2017, 10:16 pm

Pedant warning.

It’s not *breaking* and entering if the door is open.

/end pedantry.

Now a question: Are screen doors just too exotic or are they complicated to install?

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 10, 2017, 10:17 pm

I was just watching him on the surveillance camera chasing the hedgie around a little. For fun, not for serious. Hedgehogs are incredibly gentle beasties and they just roll up in a ball when they’re tired of it.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 10, 2017, 10:23 pm

I knew somebody was going to pull me up on that, AliceH. Congratulations! You’re that person. 😛

 


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: July 10, 2017, 10:27 pm

Do hedgehogs and/or their pests carry any diseases that my hurt cats?

 


Comment from AliceH
Time: July 10, 2017, 10:39 pm

Heh. I’m not usually “that sort” but I had a sort of bad day and wanted to get out of my head for a moment and couldn’t think of anything to say.

 


Comment from Monty James
Time: July 10, 2017, 10:48 pm

Cool animal surveillance video, warning, it has badgers:

The Forest Comes Alive

 


Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 10, 2017, 11:32 pm

Screens actually do diminsh the quality of the breeze.

But that didn’t stop us from screening in our lovely porch though (so we have artificial breezes from ceiling fans), and we completely don’t miss the west nile virus mosquitoes culturally enriching our lives.

AND, it keeps Queen Delilah from wandering the yard and dining on the local wildlife.

 


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: July 10, 2017, 11:32 pm

Charlemagne Thomas Dare Chatte-Cheddar sez:
Leaving your doors open!!!????
I’m surprised you haven’t had an up-close-and-personal visit from that rat!
I left my doors open one late summer/early fall, in Virginia, to take advantage of natural cooling. Had an invasion of mice to reward my efforts at economy.
Nature will encroach, given any slight chance, I have learned.

 


Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: July 10, 2017, 11:45 pm

S. Weasel @ July 10, 2017, 10:17 pm:
I was just watching him on the surveillance camera chasing the hedgie around a little.

“Him”? Mad Jack? Or Uncle B.?

 


Comment from RimrockR
Time: July 11, 2017, 12:25 am

One possible way to temporarily block an open a door from critters is by using a baby gate. I bought one with one inch mesh and it was cheap. That said, it only works for the bigger non-climbers and doesn’t work for the small slitherers (shudder) we have in the AZ territory.

 


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: July 11, 2017, 2:34 am

What you could do is enlist the help of the Chicken Police. They are very tough and keep Mr. Hedge Hog in line:

https://twitter.com/DickKingSmith/status/884314568868208640

 


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: July 11, 2017, 1:24 pm

Heard guy on radio talk about ordering a case of paper towels thru Amazon & it was delivered from the east coast to the SFV in less than 24 hrs. Now, he has 3 places where he cd buy same item blocks away. What about all the SJW/environment BS? The towels are in a warehouse 3k away, are driven to an airport, flown to LAX, put on a truck and driven to the Valley. How much fuel and carbon is that? Just more proof that the AGW is total BS.

 


Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 11, 2017, 2:46 pm

AGW – creating an economy out of thin air, and final confirmation someone else owns the very air you breath.

 


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: July 11, 2017, 3:52 pm

Today, I learned about Belvoir angels:

https://twitter.com/hubertscat/status/884511108530307073

I want one on my tombstone if I cant have a Grieving Angel.

 


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: July 11, 2017, 4:08 pm

Vale of Belvoir, Belvoir Angels, and Roman Roads!!!!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vale_of_Belvoir

Never heard of the Fosse. I’m surprised that more people dont hike the Roman Roads. Wouldnt that be fun? I’ve heard of them following old pilgrimage roads. Are a lot of the pilgrimage roads and Roman roads the same? And before the Romans and Christianity, werent there other ancient roads that still exist today?

The UK has been in a traffic jam, one form or another, for thousands of years. lol

 


Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: July 11, 2017, 6:50 pm

When you say you have a family of prickly little bastards, you mean you and Uncle B, right? Or am I missing something here?

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 11, 2017, 9:43 pm

Ric Fan: behold The Ridgeway. I’ve only hiked a few miles of it: it’s hill forts and burial mounds the whole way. Real Tolkien stuff.

 


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: July 11, 2017, 10:06 pm

Thank you. It doesnt look easy…

When you hiked it did you feel your ancient ancestors calling you??? Or, just Uncle B? :)

 


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 11, 2017, 10:30 pm

Monty James – thanks for the fambly videos!

 


Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 11, 2017, 11:02 pm

Get out there with a Go-Pro and walk it so we can sit back and enjoy the view! :)

Mind the barrow-wights.

 


Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: July 12, 2017, 5:35 am

S. Weasel @ July 11, 2017, 9:43 pm:
Ric Fan: behold The Ridgeway. I’ve only hiked a few miles of it: it’s hill forts and burial mounds the whole way. Real Tolkien stuff.

Perhaps less Tolkien than Alan Garner. His novels The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath take place in modern Cheshire, but in and around the ancient structural relics of pre-history. TMoG has a raising of the Wild Hunt which as a set piece equals anything in The Lord of the Rings.

Garner pointed me to The Old Straight Track (1925) by antiquarian Alfred Watkins, which has a lot of real evidence about this stuff.

 

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