The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital recently took in two Southern African Hedgehogs and quickly saw their numbers double after both gave birth.
Johannesburg, South Africa – It is the season to be breeding apparently!
The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital recently took in two Southern African Hedgehogs (cute!!!) and found that both were pregnant. However, neither remained pregnant for very long, and the vet has now been blessed with seven adorable little hoglets.
The vet is leaving the hoglets in the care of their mothers. However, the mothers are still in need of good care and a balanced diet.
“Two South African hedgehogs (Atelerix frontalis) were admitted to our hospital recently: one that was found in a residential garden for relocation, and one that had been caught by the family dog. Both of these hedgehogs have given birth, and now we have an additional 7 hedgehoglets at our hospital!
As these hoglets are in the care of their mothers, we take the utmost care to ensure that the mothers are receiving an optimal diet in order to adequately care for their hoglets. An optimum diet consists of a variety of insects, and we would be really grateful for any insect donations for these moms”
As a little baby shower gift, the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital is asking for public donations of bugs.
Bugs are an essential part of a Southern African Hedgehog’s diet. According to Wikipedia, they mainly eat earthworms and crickets but have also adapted to eating beetles, grasshoppers, and slugs.
Often found in gardens, the Hedgehogs have also become accustomed to eating dog food, which is why they sometimes fall victim to dog attacks.
If you would like to donate bugs to the new moms, you can do so here. The bugs will be delivered on your behalf, to the vet.
The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital do incredible work but are always in need of public assistance! The Vet treats indigenous animals free of charge and relies solely on the donations.
They have several ways that people can help. They accept donations here or see their full wishlist here. An easy way to get involved is to also nominate them on your MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet rewards card; which you can do so here. Or direct bank transfer, see their banking details below.
Johannesburg Wildlife NPC
FNB Cheque account
Account nr: 62658400264
Branch code: 255355
Swift code: FIRNZAJJ