Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Hello old friend?

So last saturday I was headed out to dinner with my visiting parents when I got the call that a swarm of bees had been found and my number had come up. The end result was that dinner was cancelled and I was sat at the end of my driveway with a beesuit around my waist and a cuppa in hand waiting for the bees to arrive (or more specifically waiting to direct the guy driving the bees to my house to my house). As  I waited I became aware of a small creeping snuffling presence on the other side of the road.......
hogA sizeable female hedgehog. Notice that faded green paint? That's a rehab centre marking and I rescued and then released in my garden a sizeable female hedgehog with the same markings last year. I'd like to think it's the same 'hog. Who knows? In any event I wasn't about to let her wander about on the road so....

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Those yellow marigolds are my bee-gloves btw (I was dishes bareback). I didn't move her far. Just round the corner into a nice bank bottom full of low growing foliage, slugs and snails. If it is her she's stayed within a 60 yd radius of my house which fits with the territoriality of the species. I suppose the other option is that someone is releasing rehabbed hogs nearby. Either way it was nice to see her and I hope she does well and stays off the roads.....

2 comments:

Floridacracker said...

Nice save.
What a neat critter. I hope your bees made it safely.

tai haku said...

Thanks FC, they really are super cool aren't they. I think we take them for granted a bit.

The bees did indeed get here safely (with the exception of the one which stung me last night when I accidentally gave it a squeeze).