Hungover hedgehog found passed out
A tiny hedgehog is recovering after he was found passed out in a gutter having downed a bottle of discarded advocaat.
The hedgehog was found by the Dierentehuis Arnhem en omstreken animal rescue center in Arnhem, Holland, where he is still recovering.
“If you compare him to a human he is the guy collapsed outside the pub at 6am in the morning,” animal rescuer Osuuin Geushans told Caters News.
“It would be natural for him to curl into a ball but at the moment he is just lying there and if you try to touch him he makes a little noise like ‘eurrgh’ get off me and he is snoring. We think maybe it was the egg that attracted him to the bottle and he got really drunk. Or perhaps he got some of the liquid on himself and he was trying to lick it off.”
The liqueur is made with eggs, sugar and brandy and normally has a 20% abv, more than enough to knock out the tiny hedgehog. The incident is a reminder of the impact that discarded drinks and litter can have on wandering wildlife.
“We see lots of animals injured by what people leave behind, it is sort of funny this time, but people need to know to look after their stuff”, said Geushans.
“Obviously he is not well now, as well as the alcohol he has eaten a lot of eggs, which is not good for him. If you eat 10 eggs in one day, the next day you are going to be windy.”
The hedgehog is still in critical condition, but is expected to make a full recovery.