June 13, 2008

Cute little guy...


Because we got home late on Wed. night (around midnight), I did a quick "herrison check" to see if there were any in the garden of our apt. building... Well, I found one pretty quickly and snapped a few pictures, before we discovered he wasn't moving... in fact, he was... DEAD! Awwww!!  I was sooo sad... We couldn't figure out how he died... Until I looked more closely at the pictures and realized he had blood on the side of his body... Maybe a dog attacked him?  I can't imagine any animal being able to get through the quills on his body.. unless his quills were down?!  I'm not sure.  I was just really sad, since these are one of my fav. animals (I used to have a pygmy hedgehog as a pet for almost 5 years when I lived in S.D.)  The next morning, Alex went out to check to see if he was still there (just on the chance that he wasn't really did, but maybe in shock or "playing" dead.  Alex called from his cell to tell me the herisson was gone... So, I don't really know if he had been dead when we saw him or if he was just dazed and walked away afterwards?  Or maybe a stray dog came by and ate him?? What do you think?  

6 comments:

Samantha said...

I really hope he was just playing dead!!

The Big Finn said...

I think he's at a nice little hedgehog "farm" right now running around with all the other hedgehogs that eventually find their way there.

L said...

We saved a hedgehog here in Toulouse. He was walking down the sidewalk with no way to climb over the garden walls of the houses on the street, so we used a book to lift him up and pass him through a whole in the fence to the grass. I know my in-law's dog tried to figure out what a hedgehog was and she ended up with a bloody nose (and the hedgehog survived) so if it was a dog that attacked the little guy, it was probably injured in the process. I think hedgehogs only come out at night anyway, so maybe that's why he wasn't there in the morning. We've never seen our Toulouse hedgehog again, so I hope he's doing okay too.

David said...

Leesa,

I have bad news for you.
French hedgehogs can't put their quills down the way porcupines can, but cats and dogs can definitely kill them (most likely a cat, few dogs would want to mess with a hedgehogs more than just being intrigued by them, but we know how cats are, evil and all...).
The other bad news is that hedgehogs don't play dead either (possums do... hedgehogs roll into a ball of quills), so it was most likely actually dead.

The good news is for L as hedgehogs are all over the place in the South West in during summertime so you'll see some again (I even had one as a pet for a few weeks when I was a kid, that was before it decided to escape because it was more into being a wild animal than into being a pet).
The danger though is when you drive at night on country roads, you must be really careful not to crush any as they love to hang out on roads at night (this is actually the biggest threat that have as they don't really have predators (maybe foxes) and it's quite rare that cats would attack them).

Leesa said...

Sam-- -Moi aussi!! Je ne savais pas ou il est allé.

TBF- So, if he's NOT playing dead... I hope he went to that farm place you mentioned... Then he would see my little one.. Sydney (African pygmy), who I had to put down years ago... She had oral cancer and I took care of her up until the near end...

I - Thanks for you story... It was very uplifting.. I am glad you saved the little guy's life... I love those guys.. It makes me sooo sad to see them dead in the road... In San Diego, one could always see possums and skunks DOTSOTR. It was pretty sad..

David... Oh bearer of bad news... THANKS A LOT!!!! I'm just shattered... Though I do have to ask... When you said put down their quills, did you mean "trow" their quills or "lay down" their quills... The difference to me being... throw- which porkies do but hedgies don't... and lay down (or flatten) which hedgies do... and also they stick up or raise their quills- mine used to all the time.. esp. when they roll up into a ball... I used to pick up my hedgie when he balled-up because I was used to the quills but I often had to hold her with my shirt at times because it was pretty prickly... I even picked one up here in France in Sept.. He was HUGEEE!!!! And used my sweater to hold him in my hands cuz his quills were sooo sharp.. So, I don't know about you.. but I think they actually can ward off predators with their quills being sharp.. I will google it, to be sure, though.... The other think is that he could have been injured and in shock.. but maybe stumbled away afterwards... Anyhow.. I will look for some more sometime.. Ciao....

Anonymous said...

wild hedgehogs? in france? we have rabbits, squirrels, coyotes, and rattle snakes in this san diego neighborhood. funny how the wild differs from place to place.