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this is a bit of a long post, but hopefully you'll understand why (there's a picture at the end)...

we've been hearing funny sounds downstairs in our house for the last few days which we've assumed were the dishwasher reaching the end of its life.

however, we suspected it wasn't the dishwasher when we started to see green poos in our utility room floor. They were too large for cat poos (we thought) and for a while we thought we'd got a goose in the house. Another popular suggestion was a bat. certainly more popular than a rat. so generally, we thought we were looking at a three lettered animal ending in at. *at if you like.

anyway, we left all our doors and windows open on saturday and hoped whatever the monster was it would leave of its own accord. esther and kezia were slightly excited, but also a bit worried, because we had an unknown monster, but that's all part of the fun of growing up isn't it ?

Sunday night jane and i slept very badly. every bump and squeak was analysed and rationalised as 'the central heatings', or 'kids moving around in their sleep'. it was too creepy to accept that the beast might be moving about the house late at night.

At about 1.30am i was awoken by jane telling me wake up and be quiet ! we lay in silence and listened, and there, in our bedroom, upstairs, in our house, there was a rustling sound coming from near where i was laying

we turned the light on, and there, just a few inches from my face on the floor below me was ...

a hedgehog !

We managed to nudge him gently in to a cardboard box without disturbing him/her too much (helped by the fact it was sitting on a piece of paper which we could slide along slowly), and we released him out in to the street.

http://www.funkypancake.com/blog/stuff3/2006/04/DSC09419-thumb.jpg

it turns out hedgehogs are quite the adventurers and stair climbing is no trouble for them. it also turns out people keep them as pets (see here)

In one week's time it's hedgehog awareness week. we've been made aware of them a week early it seems !

8 Comments

michelle Author Profile Page said:

that story was very suspenseful. i was reading it and another girl in my office was reading it over my shoulder and we both said "a hedgehog!" at the same time.

here in canada hedgehogs went for over a thousand dollars a piece a mere ten years ago... they were very highly demanded and sought after pets. now i think they are not quite so much, maybe $100-$200 would be my guess. $1000 is much too much for a little green pooer.

funkypancake Author Profile Page said:

i wish you'd both have been here then, we had no clue. and it was quite worrying.

still, $1000 (even canadian ones). that's quite a lot. perhaps we should go hunting them and put them on ebay ?

rascle Author Profile Page said:

Best story of the year!! At risk of being horribly boring, be sure (s)he didnt leave any fleas behind for you: Thy usualy cultivate them.
"Animals have little fleas upon their back to bit 'em.
And little fleas have lesser fleas
and so ad-infinitum"

funkypancake Author Profile Page said:

i did some research and hedgehogs have hedgehogs special fleas, so even if it had them then they wont't still be around. hopefully.

jokey said:

oh, you released the hedgehog out in to the street. is the street used by CARS???

funkypancake Author Profile Page said:

er, yes. it was the pavement actually which is next to the street.

where i put him was where he's often seen running about, so he's fine.

and there's been no hedgehog remains on the road, so i'm sure he's ok.

michelle Author Profile Page said:

i totally would have never guessed ever that hedgehogs were native to london.

my brother always very much wanted one but my parents always said "hedgehogs are too expensive!" so he had to make do with the cats.

funkypancake Author Profile Page said:

do people actually have hedgehogs as pets ? i've never heard of that.

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