No card from me today but we do have a hedgehog update!
Around 1am the other night we heard hedgie activity in the garden and went down to investigate - just as well we did. One of the baby hedgies had gone into the protected feeding area and couldn't get back out again. With no room to turn around, he/she hadn't worked out where 'reverse gear' was - so there was a little bottom poking out of the feeding 'tunnel' with a bit of scrabbling going on at the same time.
Len grabbed a pair of gardening gloves and gently lifted the top of the feeding area to extract baby hedgie - who immediately rolled into a protective ball:
It seemed that certainly Mama hedgie and perhaps Papa (or another baby) were in the garden as we could hear scuffles in the borders. We popped a little bit of hedgie food plus another little dish of water down for when the baby uncurled and then left it/them to it.
We know that Mama did return for the baby (and probably slapped it around the head for getting into mischief). Hopefully that's the only time we'll need to handle the babies - so cute though!
If you're wondering why we have the hedgie food so protected, it's to deter the local cats from digging in. Despite being fed at home they're still up for chicken flavoured dried hedgie food it seems. We've actually seen one local cat lying on it's side with a front leg and paw fully stretched out - trying to claw the food dish towards it :)