The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital received two pregnant hedgehogs in November 2019 and today; they shared the fantastic release video.
Johannesburg, South Africa (04 February 2020) – The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital took in two Southern African Hedgehogs during November 2019 and found that both were pregnant. However, neither remained pregnant for very long, and the veterinary hospital was blessed with seven adorable little hoglets.
The veterinary hospital reached out and asked people to please donate bugs for their hungry and growing little brood.
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.
The hoglets grew fast and were finally old enough to be released. The veterinary hospital shared an update and release a video.
“A few weeks ago, we introduced you to two South African hedgehog (Atelerix frontalis) families that were in our care. One hedgehog was found in a residential garden for relocation, and one had been caught by the family dog. Both of these hedgehogs gave birth soon after arriving at our hospital, and we subsequently had an additional 7 hedgehoglets at our hospital!
The now grown-up hedgehoglets and their mothers have been released in a safe environment. Just as they were released, they began exploring their new home! This video shows one of the hedgehog moms as she was released.”
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
Take a look at the release video below.