Hedgehogs are a nocturnal animal and therefore if you do see one during the day they may need help. A baby Hedgehog known as a Hoglet will always be better off left with their mother, however if the Hoglet appears to be injured or has clearly been abandoned, it may require some help.
If the hedgehog does not appear to be injured, the best thing to do is leave it alone.
If you do have concerns for the Hedgehog, we would encourage you to provide it with some dog/ cat food along with some water and monitor its behaviour. Avoid giving a hedgehog milk as this can cause enteritis.
If a hedgehog does appear to be weak or injured then please contact the USPCA or take it to your nearest vet to be assessed.
Handling a Hedgehog
Hedgehogs have spikes and can be very sharp and harm you if not handled correctly.
In order to safely lift a hedgehog, we would encourage you to wear thick gloves or a towel to protect your hands. Gently place the hedgehog in a secure box with air holes. If the hog feels cold then keep it warm with some form of heat pad or a hot water bottle.
Please ensure there is room for the hog to move around if it becomes too warm. Keep the hedgehog covered to protect it and to help reduce stress.