As I was leaving the wildlife garden yesterday I noticed a little brown ball in the grass,it was still broad daylight and I was surprised to discover another Hedgehog out at this time of day. It was busy searching for food after hibernation and did not seem perturbed by my presence, it was only when I moved wind side he stopped and began sniffing the air and remained totally motionless until I quietly moved to his other side. It became evident that he had an extremely keen sense of smell ,I had some meal worms on me so realizing he must be hungry I dropped a few in front of him. Meal worms would be a new smell for a wild Hedgehog and he passed them by, he did not recognize their scent as being a natural food but I thought he must have seen them, it was only on closer inspection I noticed he had no eyes at all. When Barry Adams first found our other Hedgehog Nelson, he had to clear both his eyes of parasites and one eye stayed closed for a few days hence the name Nelson. We bathed his eye with warm water and cotton-buds and fed him from a syringe and he made a total recovery. Unfortunately our new little friend has lived at least a year in the wild with no eyesight but has adapted well, I will keep him at home for while until we can get his weight up and then release him back on to our wildlife area, which I am in the process of fencing to keep rabbits out but it seems now to keep orphan Hedgehogs in.
Second Hedgehog Seems Totally Blind