“Hedgehogs show us where our world is”

Helping the Animals at Camp Linfort
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“Hedgehogs show us where our world is”

Heike Schoenfeld of Kamp-Lintfort nurses wounded and sick hedgehogs. She regrets that animals can no longer find places to quit or food in many gardens and appeals to establish bird feeders in the garden.

Heike Schoenfeld is currently sponsoring three living guests. When Jolie came to her, her weight was only 850 grams. “But it should have weighed about a quarter more weight,” says the Camp Linfort native. Molly Joel followed. She was found on Cäcilienstrasse with a bad cough and crusty nose. Since last fall, Heike Schoenfeld has been nursing hedgehogs who woke up from hibernation too early. Most of them are sick. She has set up a hedgehog plant in the basement of her house, the temperature is constant at 20 degrees and there is enough daylight. “This is important so that the animals know if it is day or night,” she explains. For the boxes in which hedgehogs are housed, she sewed pet bags and garages intended for use as nests for animals.

Some time ago, Heike Schoenfeld certainly did not think that she would feed the hedgehogs: “Last summer, we noticed that a pair of hedgehogs came regularly to our garden because we had set up a feeding house there. It piqued my interest.” The animal lover visited a hedgehog station in Krefeld and found out how many animals there are. Not carrying enough weight with it to hibernate.

“Our gardens are well looked after. More and more insects are disappearing and with them the hedgehogs’ primary food source, which is the pure insect eaters. Instead, hedgehogs eat snails, and thus eat worms that make them sick,” says Heike Schoenefeld, adding wistfully: “Hedgehogs appear to us Where is our world. We are in the process of eradicating such ancient species.” This is her motive to take care of injured and sick animals. Kamp-Lintforterin has gained knowledge in the field of sponsorship, joining the Hedgehog Club Ruhr. “Today I work according to Pro-Igel, who has been devoted to this topic for decades.”

Hedgehogs are protected. “But you can get sick animals out of the wild if there’s a danger,” Schoenefeld says. She does not receive more than ten hedgehogs at the same time. When neighbors find a sick animal and bring it in, their first stop is always the vet. “I have worked professionally in the medical field myself, so I know my way of administering medications and inhalers very well. This is not rocket science,” emphasizes Schoenefeld, who also maintains care records for the owners. Caring for hedgehogs is complex, the level of hygiene is high. Boxes should be cleaned every day. Animals need medications prescribed by a doctor and much more. “Guests” get high-quality cat food without grain or unsalted scrambled eggs.

Outside, I created a launch garden with a feeding place and a sleeping place. “I am currently looking at more release gardens and would be glad if many would participate. It doesn’t take much,” says Schoenefeld. The area of ​​\u200b\u200bthe hedgehog covers about three to four kilometers. “It just needs holes in the fences,” explains Heike Schoenefeld. She confirms that gardeners benefit from visiting hedgehogs. “He helps himself in taking care of the young roses and is a good keeper of the garden. I have bought three re-entry containers and will make them available on loan,” confirms the animal lover, who is pleased that many of them are also looking after the hedgehog they find.

She is currently looking for collaborators. “It would be great to meet the hedgehog in Kamp-Lintfort – I would like to create a network where people can exchange ideas.” Anyone wishing to set up feeding boxes in their garden can contact Heike Schoenfeld. I have building instructions.

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