Monday, 26 October 2009

What's hiding behind the freezer?


When I opened the door to let the dogs out this morning, instead of racing down the garden with Jack, Magpie snuffled around the porch, excitedly telling me that something interesting was behind the freezer. To be honest, my heart sank, as I had visions of a repeat of the rat episode, but still, small son and I carefully moved all the welly boots, and gingerly moved the freezer. There, in the hole below the freezer, was this little fellow ( well, actually he seems pretty large for a hedgehog!). It's been a long time since I've seen a hedgehog round here, so we were thrilled!
After removing the dogs from the scene, small son and I got him out, while he made the strangest noises I have heard. First it sounded like air deflating from a balloon, every time I tried to clear the leaves and sticks away so that I could get hold of him, followed by a series of cat like hissing and spitting noises. We took him to the bottom of the garden and put him under the shed where it should be warm and dry for the winter.

9 comments:

Terri said...

how cool is that. I see you are wearing protective gloves...I have never seen a hedgehog in person...this is a great picture.

Sarah said...

Oh oh oh how wonderful!1 We don't have them here..more likely to be skunk..ackk!! I love the picture!! Hugs, Sarah

Carol Anne Strange said...

Wow, Danielle! What a wonderful surprise and, it looks like he / she has been feasting quite nicely. So glad you've found a warm safe snug for this spirited hedgehog for the coming winter. xx

IndigoShirl said...

So cute!

Sonia ;) said...

AWwwww thats prescious.

Smiles

gtyyup said...

I didn't realize they were so prickly...what a surprise to wake up to!

Richard Jesse Watson said...

Danielle, what a privilege to have had such a unique visitor. We don't get them in the Pacific Northwest. We do have beavers but not behind our freezers. Maybe your hedgehog liked Popsicles.

Julie Harward said...

Oh my goodness! I have never seen one before...how exciting to find such a little..live treasure! You did a good deed for him and what goes around comes around you know! I love these kinds of little adventures, I too experience them as I go walking everyday in this country area that I live in. Thanks for sharing tat, it was really neat!
Come say hi :D

Julia Guthrie said...

Oh I saw Hedgehogs on Autumnwatch! *ahem..*
The bigger they are the better..it means he is well fed for the winter & will survive till the spring! :)

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