Once in a while, a new product catches your eye, and you think “That would be perfect, we must have one of those!” – well, I saw a new product from Brinsea, which is a portable intensive care incubator.
One (or more!) of these would be ideal for collecting baby/young and/or injured hedgehogs, meaning they could be kept at the correct temperature during transit – very young hedgehogs will die very quickly if their temperature drops too much, and sick or injured hogs need their temperature keeping stable to aid in their recovery. Hogs with low body temperature will not eat as they know they cannot digest food if their temperature is too low.
Low body temperature also means they will suffer organ failure and dehydration, and will succumb to their illness or injury much quicker.
These incubators run from the 12V socket in a car, which means they can provide the correct environment for sick/injured hogs much earlier than if they were transported in a pet carrier or cardboard box (for instance).
Newborn hoglets are blind, unable to control their body temperature and feed themselves. During this period the young hogs need to be kept in a clean, temperature controlled environment.
As these cost £195.00, we will be asking Santa for one. They would be delivered in February 2019, in time for the new spring litters we anticipate coming in, as in previous years.
Click on the image below to read more details on the Brinsea website.
Also high on our “wanted” list is a TLC-40 intensive care incubator, which can also double as a Hospital Cage for sick or injured hedgehogs.
Brinsea TLC Recovery Incubators are used around the world by rescue centres. TLC incubators are the best place for weak and fragile baby hedgehogs to heal, hide, cuddle, and grow – especially for tiny babies who aren’t yet old enough to retain their own heat.
The incubators provide a warm, clean, quiet, safe and reliable haven for these orphaned baby hedgehogs. Many young babies need extra help to survive in those early days and a safe, secure, controlled environment gives them the best chance to recover and thrive.
Again, these are very expensive at £453.72, so will be on our wish list to Santa.
Click on the image below to read more details on the Brinsea website. This item is available on our Amazon wish list.
Our Wishlist on Amazon contains many items which help us to feed and care for the Hogs in our Centre. Just click on the logo below.