~ Anu, Hippu and their Hedgehogs ~
Ten years ago, Anu and her family welcome Tibetan Spaniel, Hippu, into their home. Since then, they have all formed such a special bond and have helped many animals.
Anu has always loved animals. When her sister adopted Hippu, she was thrilled. While she wasn’t her dog, Hippu has always loved sitting with Anu. Plus, she knows Anu always has a treat or two for her!
In September of 2020, Anu had heard that there weren’t enough hedgehog carers in her area. Because of this, Anu contacted someone who was a carer and offered to help. Following this, Anu was given her first hedgehog, Taisto Uljas. Taisto was an orphan and he needed a lot of care. However, Anu was up for the job and helped him to grow into a happy and healthy hedgie.
After caring for Taisto, Anu rescued a second hedgehog, Mauri. He had lungworm and infections. Sadly, Mauri soon passed away. This devastated Anu, however, she’s relieved that he didn’t die alone, hungry or cold.
It can be difficult for Anu looking after these hedgehogs, especially if they are unwell. However, it’s immensely rewarding and she feels happy knowing she’s making a difference to the animals around her.
Soon, Anu welcomed rescued heghie Arhippa into her care. Arhippa did prove to be a bit of a handful! One night, he managed to escape his crib. After some searching, he was found in the closet! He was unhappy to have been caught and pooped in his water bowl to show his displeasure.
Another hedgehog who found herself in Anu’s care was Akuliina. She needed medicine baths as she had an infection in her little foot. Anu would have to give her a poop boot bath – a bath to clean the poop from her feet – then a medicine bath. Akuliina didn’t enjoy these, but thanks to the care and love she was given, she recovered and is living her best life.
Because of the care that Anu and other hedgehog carers in her area give, they’ve formed their own wildlife support association. They help hedgehogs and others in their neighbourhood and enjoy helping one another with any animal problems that may arise.
It is evident the immense impact that Anu has had on the hedgehogs that have found their way into her care. Anu has such a big heart and cares for many animals, from Hippu to all the hedgies.