Squee Sunday: baby hedgehogs




hedgebabyI remember occasionally finding hedgehogs in our garden in Leeds when I was a kid. We generally used to give them bread and milk, although they eat insects, snails, frogs, toads, snakes, birds eggs, carrion, fruits, mushrooms, grass roots.

I was with an Iranian friend when she saw one for the first time, and that’s when I realised how very odd they look if you’re not used to them.

They’re related to shrews, but only distantly related to porcupines.

And I found this rather sweet story from Russia, where an abandoned baby hedgehog was adopted by a mother cat.

Mother cat suckling three kittens and a baby hedgehog
Abandoned baby hedgehog and foster mum

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

This article has 2 Comments

  1. Hedgehogs are nice.

    (They do like drinking milk, but it can make them seriously ill afterwards, so it’s best not to give it to them.)

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