Worried about a Hedgehog?

If you are ever worried about the health or welfare of a hedgehog, please call the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584 890801 and they will be able to give you advice, and put you in touch with a local rescue centre if necessary.

Hedgehog self-anointing


This little chap was spotted out self-anointing, you will see him foam at the mouth and starts licking the foam onto his spines.

Self-anointing is still a hedgehog mystery, since hedgehogs tend to do this when they encounter new smells, many believe it is a type of self-defence technique. Similar to how a dog will roll in a dead animal carcass or faeces to mask its own scent (to sneak up on predators), a hedgehog may be doing the same. The difference is that a hedgehog is using the smell to hide from potential predators.

This behaviour is nothing to worry about.

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One comment on “Hedgehog self-anointing

Never seen this behavour before. Was it in daylight?

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