Monday, 3 September 2007

Hedgehogs eat peanuts

For over two weeks now we have seen a hedgehog visit my garden. Last night I tried to photograph our visitor with my camera on a tripod all set to just quietly open the door and snap. I positioned the feeding bowl just outside my feeding box with peanuts (plus a few sultanas) on one side and water in the other.

A photograph
would have appeared here if I had one but, alas, the hedgehog ran off quickly. It was interested in the food though, especially the peanuts, so I expected it would come back. As it was a dry night I put plan B into action - the video camera outside on the tripod. We spotted three visits between 10-11pm. The video below was the third and the longest visit we saw lasting eight minutes. I have edited the film but it ate the peanuts for a solid six minutes and was seen drinking for two! If you look closely you will be able to see its tongue as it begins to drink.


Dish outside feeding station, video 0:49 with background music, try 480p quality.


Sultanas have been the food that I have given our hedgehog until two nights ago when I tried peanuts. I have to report that the peanuts are the favourite now! I hadn’t realised that the hedgehog would drink so much either – thanks go to Jan for passing on this information. Jan also very kindly invited me to view a webcam of her hedgehog visitors. This has been very interesting to see as she has more than one visiting. The internet really can be a great way of sharing information. To see our full hedgehog story and see other videos look here.


The video above was taken in my garden.

10 comments:

Jan said...

Aww he's gorgeous. He has quite a little ruff round his face, I would call him Lenny, but then what do I know, it's probably a girl!

oldcrow61 said...

Great video! Saw the tongue as well, lol.

shirl said...

Yes, Jan I did notice the good sized ruff around its face. I never thought of a name. It does run away quite quickly so it may be a female - you said they were more timid didn't you?

shirl said...

Thanks, OC it was great to watch live too. I couldn't resist highlighting the tongue before it drank :-)

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Hey, you didn't give that hedgehog salted peanuts, did you? :-D Just pulling your leg! Nice vid!

shirl said...

Hi again, Yolanda

Lol :-) Its a good job the birds didn't see the hedgehog getting their peanuts or I would have a riot in the garden!

Thanks, it was a lucky capture on video to see the hedgehog both eating and drinking :-)

cyndi in alabama said...

Loved the video! Great music you put with it.

shirl said...

Hi again, Cyndi

Thanks - I have great fun choosing the music for vidoes so it times in with certain parts of the film :-)

However, in this case my daughter was disappointed as you could hear the water trickle from my pond in the background of my film and it went well with the hedgehog drinking water.

I believe they can be noisy eaters too so next time I might try the camera closer on the ground so we can hear it eat and drink! Just a thought :-)

Jackie said...

aww so sweet i have a hedgehog in my garden but we arn't really sure what to feed it! :)
we will probs go to the shop to get lots of peanuts!

shirl said...

Hi there Jackie :-)

Fantastic to hear of hedgehog visits in other gardens! Enjoy seeing yours and remember to put out water too. Have a good week :-D