If you’ve found a hedgehog which has been injured on the road, or you’ve perhaps discovered one in your garden that looks distressed or ill, especially during the day when they usually hibernate, you need to know what to do.
You won’t be able to pick the hedgehog up without getting hurt, so get a towel to wrap it in, so you can carry it inside. Place a hot water bottle (with hot, not boiling water inside) underneath the towel, so the hedgehog can get some warmth from it. Offer some water and dry dog or cat food, as the hedgehog may be undernourished and hungry. This will also help it feel less scared and anxious. Give it some room to move around without feeling too crowded. If it feels scared, it will roll into a ball for protection.
Once it is unfurled, gently inspect the hedgehog to look for any visible signs of injury. If there are some, take it to the nearest vet or wildlife centre, where they will be able to care for it properly.
If it seems disorientated, it may be ill with hypothermia. If the hedgehog is a young baby without its mother, it could be orphaned, so will need care. Do not touch them at all with your bare hands, as this can disrupt the balance by getting your smell on them. Use gloves or the towel to inspect them. Check for any flies, fleas, or larvae which may have got onto the baby.
Any distressed or injured hedgehogs, or ones you find roaming around during the day which may have a serious injury, should be taken to a wildlife centre. Search online for your nearest centre. On the phone, they will be able to give advice for the action you can take, otherwise just take the hedgehog straight over. They will be able to assess the hedgehog and treat it for its injuries accurately.