Because thorny stinker (the smell improved a lot btw) weighs little more above 200 grams but should have at least 500 grams better 600 to 700 grams for winter hibernation.
Hedhehogs are a highly protected-by-law species in our country.
Due to bad weather conditons its parents were two months behind schedule
so the urchin had no time to find enough food to grow up and gather fat reserves under its skin for the winter sleep starting normally by end of November.
This year months of May and June were too cold and too wet, same with August. Probably because of the broken Gulf Stream.
No sorry, I can't let him go right now. It would be fatal negligence.
We'll see how stinker will grow up and gather weight.
Interestingly, the first days my urchin tried to escape, so I had to put a board and a stone on top of the box, but now things have changed,
it seems to feel safe and comfortable. Right so!
What do you think, Cathy?
The coming winter period is prophesied to last even longer and become colder than the last one. Brrrr!