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I didn't know hedgehogs could sound like this!

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Topic: I didn't know hedgehogs could sound like this!
Posted By: chubsta
Subject: I didn't know hedgehogs could sound like this!
Date Posted: 04 Jul 2017 at 10:48pm
Hedgehogs can be noisy, particularly when engaged in courting behaviour or very frightened, but i have never heard one 'lose it' quite like this... Little Heidi was a very early baby this year, born in early March so is still very small and has only just gone over 500grms so she is an easy target for the bigger male hogs, in this case a 1300grm male had been circling her for over 30 minutes when she suddenly went mad and started to channel her inner 'duck'...

Posted By: Suzi
Date Posted: 05 Jul 2017 at 12:00am
I've heard this noise, but only once. I went badger watching with my Mum about twenty years ago in Yorkshire. We were watching some setts in the half light when this noise started. We were quite frightened as we thought it was someone with a duck caller! It was only later that we researched it and came to the conclusion it was a hedgehog or hogs. 


Posted By: Liz Heard
Date Posted: 22 Jul 2017 at 12:51pm
Interesting post - thanks Chubsta . Please keep the hog' posts coming.

I've not heard anything like this but have often heard badger cubs 'wickering' as they call to their mother. It's an almost cackling-rattling sound, a bit like a magpie.
Also, i put my foot in front of a mole once in an effort to temporarily halt it while i took a photo, and it surprised me with a very loud and piercing shriek!

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