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This year, we have been inundated with hedgehogs!


We have to admit that some of us are crazy about hedgehogs (as well as everything else!) Here are a few things we have learned about hedgehogs and a few photos of our latest prickly visitors:

These little creatures are harmless to humans and being nocturnal, normally only forage at night. If you see a hedgehog out during the day, it often is because the hedgehog is unwell and needs attention however, if it is during the warmer months, or early in the evening, it may also be out scavenging for food for its babies. All hedgehogs can hibernate but whether they will or not depends on temperature and availability of food.

Their main diet consists of snails, insects, worms and berries. They are scavengers for food and quite often get themselves into trouble by hibernating in compost heaps. They eat a LOT! Up to 200 grams of insects a night if they are given the chance! They also eat small land-based bird eggs and lizards and are frowned upon in areas where wildlife such as the Kiwi is protected.

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You gotta have a laugh

Just a few days ago, Annette – our head nurse came to me with a problem. She had decided to get in quick while the weather was good, and catch up on some clinic gardening. Unfortunately she only had her work uniform with her and she was bound to get a little dirty. She lives about 40minutes drive away from the clinic, so there was no time to race home for a change of clothes. What could she wear?

We found a solution promptly (as we know all nurses are quick problem solvers,) and dressed Annette up in true style:

‘Sponge Bob Square Pants’, bright sky blue surgical scrubs, red shoes and large sunnies. We then made sure we positioned her as close to the main road as possible, to hopefully help bring a smile to the faces of commuters passing by!

Now I promised I would make it up to Annette, and that as soon as we find some ‘Fraggle Rock’ scrubs to match that I would join her immediately.

(Ah What a shame, I dont think they are making that style yet!)

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