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Baby hedgehog. BABY HEDGEHOG.

This was from June, of course. We haven’t seen one lately. I brought the outdoor cameras in when the weather turned (they’re wired, not wifi. Leaving windows cracked was chilling up the place). But hedgehogs are very territorial and you wouldn’t expect to see more than one around anyway. So I’m told.

They’re also so famous for being run over in the road, it used to be a regular comic gag. See, their response to a predator is to curl up in a defensive ball. This is a bad response to a Land Rover.


Comment from Nina
Time: December 28, 2017, 7:54 pm

I wonder if they are even legal to own as pets here in California? Ferrets aren’t, with good reason, I admit, but they’re awful cute. Ferrets and hogs both.

I could look it up but I’m too car-lagged from two days in one. But I do have to say that my Suburu did great in the inclement weather, so there’s that.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: December 28, 2017, 9:47 pm



If you didn’t name him Spiney Norman I’m going to be very dis-appointed.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: December 28, 2017, 11:38 pm

Nina – No. No you may not have a hedgehog in California. It’s for your own good. They say.

You see,

“There are at least 17 known species of hedgehogs. All species are restricted from possession as pets in California primarily because they can become pests where introduced into the wild where they don’t naturally occur.”

You see, they are just too darn cute, and will slow down traffic more than it is already.

Now, perhaps if you write to Jerry Brown and tell him the you are sheltering an brown illegal alien, without getting too specific, he will pardon your hedgehog to keep it from being deported. Cause everybody knows illegal aliens introduced where they don’t naturally occur are a good thing.


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: December 29, 2017, 12:02 am

See, you could get one of these Hedgehog Homes and be assured that the yearling hedgehogs would have a place to stay for the cold, cruel winter…

Comment from Nina
Time: December 29, 2017, 5:44 am

I suspected as much, Some Veg!

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: December 29, 2017, 2:23 pm

Anyone have Rose Marie in the dead pool?

Comment from OldFert
Time: December 29, 2017, 7:18 pm

Sorry, Nina, but there’s NO reason to outlaw ferrets. If Governor Moonbeam doesn’t want to have one, that’s on him, but I don’t see a reason to make them outlaws (I would stipulate they need to be neutered and de-scented). They’re cute, they’re cuddly (even if they won’t cuddle), they don’t bark or crow or make noises. Very amusing, too. They DO tend to bite your ankles and relieve themselves in corners, even when you provide them a perfectly good litter box.
(btw, the Fert in my name is because we used to have ferrets, not because I exude noxious amnesia gas.)

Comment from bikeboy
Time: December 29, 2017, 7:23 pm

Hedge Hogs – WHY CAN’T THEY SHARE?!!?

Comment from dissent555
Time: December 29, 2017, 7:43 pm

Nope. No Rose Marie takers in the pool. On we go.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 29, 2017, 10:01 pm

I have one of those hedgehog homes, Expresso Bold. My experience (and I’ve heard this from others) – they won’t live in it, but it’s a good place to put their food so stray cats won’t eat it.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: December 29, 2017, 10:19 pm

@S. Weasel,
Oh, that’s too bad! I thought it might afford some level of protection and comfort. Maybe they will adapt in few thousand years…

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 4, 2018, 10:03 pm

In case anyone is looking at this week-old thread, apparently Israeli hedgehogs have become obese from eating food left out for street cats in Jerusalem. Several have been taken to a zoo near Tel Aviv where they are getting an enforced slimming diet with exercise.

They were too fat to roll into their usual defensive ball position as a defense from predators.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 4, 2018, 10:08 pm

ZOMG, Uncle Al, I literally just posted about this two seconds ago! You must be psychotic.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 4, 2018, 10:14 pm

Psychotic? Nah. I have extra sensory hedgehogopathy!

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