For over 25 years Hessilhead has cared for Scotland's injured and orphaned wildlife, aiming to rescue, treat, rehabilitate and release birds and animals back to the wild



October 17th 2014

Its been a long time since I updated the diary. Apologies for that. We seemed to get caught up with an influx of patients late in the summer. Then were holidays and a dog needing veterinary attention. back now, hopefully regularly.

Our star patient is Baldy the hedgehog. It was such a surprise when I opened the box and saw this strange animal. There was a pause while I ran through the options of what it could be. A rodent seemed likely, but such a short tail. Then she curled up and gave the game away. There are several conditions that cause spine loss in hedgehogs, mange and ringworm being the most common. Neither of these seemed likely, as Baldy has healthy looking skin, and a skin disease would cause¬†at least¬†flaky, and most probably scabby skin. After consulting with a dermatologist vet, we have decided that Baldy’s condition is congenital. Although a few spines have popped up, they have been puny and bent before getting anything like full grown. Then they have fallen out prematurely. So Baldy may be bald for ever, but she is eating well, seems content in captivity, and doesn’t mind being handled. She might be here for a long time.


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