The Complete Hedgehog by Les Stocker  » Books  »
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  • Recently I had read online that many people have pet hedgehogs, so I decided to read a bit about these prickly animals
  • This part was a bit long-winded and boring, so I skipped over it

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      Recently I had read online that many people have pet hedgehogs, so I decided to read a bit about these prickly animals. While this book is not about keeping hedgehogs as pets (the author strongly disapproves of such behavior towards a wild animal), it was very informative and sweet. The book was published in 1987 in the United Kingdom and the author runs St. Tigglywinks - a hospital for injured hedgehogs!

      The book is very comprehensive. It first starts out with giving a detailed history of the hedgehog from dinosaur days and how they evolved. This part was a bit long-winded and boring, so I skipped over it. The rest of


      the book, however, was very entertaining. The author talks about the subject as if he were sitting at your kitchen table over a pot of tea; its very friendly and informal. He tells of his childhood love for nature and animals as well as his quest to see his very first hedgehog. Then one day (as an adult) he found an injured hedgehog on a golf course and not knowing what to do for the poor creature, he carefully carried it home to his garage. It had an injured leg that was badly infected and although he tried to treat it, the poor animal died. After that helpful people started ...

      • bringing him all sorts of injured wildlife including many hedgehogs and St. Tigglywinks was born.

        The most fascinating part of this book is the stories he tells of injured hedgehogs. Who would ever know that these cute little animals could get into so much trouble? They get limbs wrapped in black thread, their bodies stuck in human trash such as key rings or those plastic loops from soda/beer cans, burned from nesting inside piles of leaves that soon will be turned into bonfires and an alarming number get hit by cars. When a hedgehog has an injured limb, they curl up into a tight ball of prickles except for the bad

        limb that pokes out. There were also the sweet stories about a blind hedgehog named Earthquake who got himself a blind mate and another hedgehog that lived with a lame squirrel named Chestnut. Of course, it covers hedgehog behavior and what they eat (mostly insects). There is also a helpful section that lists medical problems hedgehogs get as well as what can be done for it, along with a list of supplies you should keep on hand.

        If you love books about animals that tell first-person encounters with them, this is a great book. It also has many endearing black-and-white photographs. Thanks to Les Stocker, I now know about the hedgehog.




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