Looking For Somewhere To Die?

By Jabo
@jaboUK (61420)
United Kingdom
November 22, 2020 9:48am CST
I discovered a baby hedgehog in my garage yesterday. He must have been there for a while as he couldn't have got in when the door was closed. I hadn't been into the garage since getting my gardening tools out a couple of days previously and had the left the door open while I raked up some leaves. He must have crept in then. He was lying on an old piece of sacking and looked dead to me. I wondered if perhaps he was hibernating, so I put him in a cardboard box with some old clothes and brought him inside. After a few hours he was still showing no signs of life. My son happened to come round just then, so I asked him what he thought. His verdict was that the poor little thing was dead. However, just in case, we left him in the box and put him in the shed. After we'd done that I googled 'hibernating hedghogs' and it said if they are hibernating they will be rolled up into a ball with no face visible. This little chap's face was completely visible so he was definitely dead. I wonder whether he had died because he couldn't get out of the garage, but I wouldn't have thought that he would starve to death in a couple of days. Or perhaps he wasn't well and looking for somewhere to die. Sad either way.
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@HazySue (35916)
• Inverness, Florida
22 Nov
Poor baby. It is so sad when they die like that. It sounds like he found a comfortable place and accepted his fate.
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@jaboUK (61420)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov
I'm hoping that's the case, poor little chap.
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@1creekgirl (23176)
• United States
22 Nov
I thought the same thing as @HazySue. Poor baby.
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@1creekgirl (23176)
• United States
22 Nov
@jaboUK At least you know that was a safe warm spot for him, bless his little heart.
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@Juliaacv (62566)
• Canada
22 Nov
He may have been seeking a quiet place for his life to end. We have had birds do that in the past. It is sad, but it is also a compliment that they choose your garage, and mine too.
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@jaboUK (61420)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov
That's the way I'm trying to look at it Julia.
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@rebelann (77986)
• El Paso, Texas
22 Nov
Poor little fella, maybe he was too young to be on his own?
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@jaboUK (61420)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov
I think he was, he wasn't much bigger than my hand.
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@rebelann (77986)
• El Paso, Texas
22 Nov
I have never seen one @jaboUK how big to they get?
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@jaboUK (61420)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov
@rebelann I've seen them maybe 10 inches long. I don't think you get them in the States. I like them because they eat the gardener's enemies - slugs and snails.
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@CarolDM (102792)
• United States
22 Nov
Aww, so sad. I have never seen one up close. Maybe he chose that secure and quiet place to die.
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@jaboUK (61420)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov
I hope that that was the case. Hedgehogs are quite common in English gardens and they are very welcome. They eat all the nasties like slugs and snails.
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@CarolDM (102792)
• United States
22 Nov
@jaboUK Oh so they are good to have around.
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@jaboUK (61420)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov
@CarolDM They are indeed.
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22 Nov
that's so sad, but it happens.
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@jaboUK (61420)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov
Yes, I'm afraid it does
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22 Nov
@jaboUK it sucks, did you bury it ?
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@jaboUK (61420)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov
@hardtimes1958 My son put him into a pile of leaves outside my garden.
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@Apple111 (206)
• India
22 Nov
O
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@jaboUK (61420)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov
Thanks.
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@Apple111 (206)
• India
22 Nov
@jaboUK i wish it finds the mommy
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@jaboUK (61420)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov
@Apple111 It would have been much better if that had happened.
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• United States
23 Nov
aw, how sad 'ndeed. ya did what'cha could though, hon.
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@jaboUK (61420)
• United Kingdom
23 Nov
Yes, I have that consolation, but I hate to think of him dying all alone in my garage,
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• United States
24 Nov
@jaboUK me, too, but please feel no guilt 'f such, hon.
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@jaboUK (61420)
• United Kingdom
24 Nov
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• Midland, Michigan
22 Nov
Yes that is sad. Maybe he got tired of trying to get back to wherever home was?
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@jaboUK (61420)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov
We'll never know I'm afraid.
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@Fleura (11402)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov
Poor little thing. You wouldn't think he could starve so quickly, especially since the weather is not that cold yet. Dehydration perhaps? Or as you say perhaps he was poorly already.
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• Philippines
23 Nov
If he was just a baby, there's no way he could have survived that long. Maybe he was already dying the moment he went to your garage.
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@jaboUK (61420)
• United Kingdom
23 Nov
That's what I'm hoping was the case, he was too young to be on his own.
@JudyEv (227787)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Nov
That is very sad. It's always so when poor little creatures die, especially baby creatures.
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@jaboUK (61420)
• United Kingdom
23 Nov
It's a shame when they are babies, as you say. Perhaps he was too young to survive on his own - something may have happened to his mother but we'll never know,
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@shaggin (55349)
• United States
23 Nov
Aww poor little thing I would have been so upset.
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@jaboUK (61420)
• United Kingdom
23 Nov
You're right, it was upsetting.
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@eileenleyva (20327)
• Philippines
22 Nov
That is a sad story.
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@jaboUK (61420)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov
It is indeed
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@NJChicaa (91758)
• United States
22 Nov
Poor little baby
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@jaboUK (61420)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov
Yes, it's very sad.
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@snowy22315 (101995)
• United States
22 Nov
Aww, that is sad.
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@jaboUK (61420)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov
It really is. Perhaps he'd got separated from his mother and couldn't manage on his own.
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@BelleStarr (55707)
• United States
24 Nov
I imagine it was water he was missing or his mama. Poor little guy.
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@jaboUK (61420)
• United Kingdom
25 Nov
Yes, could be either of those. Sad.
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@GreatMartin (16742)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
23 Nov
I aint dying so I don't know what the poor hedgehog was looking for except maybe his parents!
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@jaboUK (61420)
• United Kingdom
23 Nov
Maybe, but we'll never know.
@RebeccasFarm (12853)
• Denver, Colorado
22 Nov
Poor thing.
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@jaboUK (61420)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov
Yes, it's a shame her had to die when he'd hardly started his life.
@simone10 (55037)
• Louisville, Kentucky
27 Nov
Awww, poor little thing. I'm with you as I don't think it would have starved in just a couple of days.