I am tired of the inability of this government and others to seriously address the issue of global warming. It is not until it affects the human species that anything major will be conducted. In the meantime our beautiful hedgehog neighbors in the UK are added to the list of causalities consumed by humans decadence. I sometimes feel the human race is like a plague destined to wipe out all the world.
The hedgehogs that could find themselves in trouble this winter are known as autumn juveniles, ones that are old enough to be away from their mothers but too small to hibernate.
The season for these youngsters can start as early as September and is busiest through until the end of November but the present warmer conditions can confuse hedgehogs into thinking its still breeding time and too early to hibernate.
As a result young hedgehogs could suddenly face winter temperatures but not be in strong enough condition to last through hibernation.
Concern is now mounting about the effects of climate change amongst the members of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, dedicated to helping and caring for these native UK animals or to give them their official latin name, Erinaceus europaeus.
Labels: breeding, global warming, hedgehog, hibernate, juvenile