Monday, 30 June 2014

Close Encounters of the Hedgehog Kind


It was late. I was tired. I may have had a glass of wine or two. I walked into my kitchen after a night out with friends and spotted that the cow's worth of milk I'd bought from the supermarket earlier that evening had not been put away. *insert tired sigh here*

I'm not saying my big family gets through a lot of milk each week but we have a separate fridge outside to store it all in. So I picked up the bags of milk and headed to our outbuilding where the fridge/freezer is. Along with a million bits of wood in varying sizes which DH swears will "come in handy" one day. When the next flood comes and he needs to build an Ark?

Anyway, I digress. So there's a small step up into this outbuilding and as I brought my second foot up to step inside I scraped it across something sharp. It felt like a thistle. Now I'm no Charlie Dimmock so it could well have been a thistle in my garden but I didn't remember one growing in the concrete by the outbuilding step.

So I turned the light on and turned round to see a large hedgehog looking at me with what can only be described as an aggrieved expression.

Yes, I had tripped over a hedgehog.

Or as DH prefers to phrase it, kicked a hedgehog.

My big toe was stinging and sore - I slopped antibacterial cream on it and it still hurt more than I expected from the light grazing (not kicking) incident.

Worried, I Googled "infection from hedgehog spines" and saw a million horror stories about nasty diseases you could get and some horrible sounding hedgehog habit where they transfer toxic toad nastiness onto their own prickles whilst foaming at the mouth. I kid you not! Go Google it!

But finally I found one less alarmist piece saying that hedgehog injuries often smart more than expected as their spines have a mild irritant naturally which can affect some people more than others. Phew!

I'm glad to report I am fully recovered from my Close Encounter of the Hedgehog Kind - and since Mr H Hog posed for a few pictures then meandered off in a calm fashion I guess he's none the worse for wear either. 





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8 comments:

  1. :O I've always thought hedgehog were ultra cute and didn't know about all these diseases. I may not try to stroke one in future now :)

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  2. Ohh I didn't know about the diseases hedgehogs could spread.....Eek!
    Glad you're ok and the hedgehog too :) x

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  3. I hope your toe is OK now and that your prickly friend is healing too. Mostly they are quite harmless, we have a regular visitor who steals the cat's food though I won't let the kids touch it incase of nasty infections. #MagicMoments

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  4. Oh bless him and glad your toe recovered. Having heard you speak to BritMums, I can now imagine you reading this out to me - great! #whatsthestory

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  5. Awww he is the cutest thing ever. Hopefully next time that you will see each other again there wont be spiking involve. #whatsthestory

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  6. OMG that would of completely freaked me out!! for some reason they do freak me out?!

    glad your fully recovered! lol and thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

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  7. Gosh that little spikey fella must have given you such a fright! I hope you're feeling better now, can imagine they'd be quite sharp. I remember we came across a baby hedgehog when I lived in Berkhamsted, he ended up being taken to Mrs Tiggywinkles! Lovely post, thanks for sharing with #whatsthestory

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  8. Ouch! Sounds painful - glad you're better. Glad the hedgehog was ok too.

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