One of the cutest critters you will ever see is the hedgehog. They were the trendy hipster pet of the early 1990’s, star of a Bjork video, and the UK loves them to death. In fact, they are almost an unofficial national symbol for Britain.
Speaking of loving a hedgehog to death, we just found a heartwarming story about a little hedgehog that got rolled by a curious dog and his amazing rescue by an animal hospital. You are going to love this story when you watch this clip.
The Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital in Chichester, England recently shared a story about the trials and tribulations of one plucky little hedgehog.
They posted pictures of the animal along with its story, to their Facebook page. At first, it is hard to tell what you are looking at, but then the caption explains, saying:
“Yes… you were all right!! It’s a little hedgehog who was rolled around in clay by a dog. He was barely recognizable when he came in but we could see he was just about breathing (goodness knows how). We have got the worst of the clay off but will leave him quietly overnight now and clean off some more in the morning as he became a little cold and VERY angry. For now, he is tucked up with some food feeling very sorry for himself.”
They also said he was recovering nicely. Asha Park, a staffer at the hospital, spoke with a local paper, The Crawley Observer, and said: “After having a couple of washes and a once over he his now doing well and will hopefully continue to make a full recovery.”
Later, the Hospital posted an updated photograph of the hedgehog, along with an improved prognosis, saying:
“An update on our little clay hedgehog. After lots of patience and perseverance, he is looking MUCH brighter this morning. He is much more mobile and a lot happier. He is now bedded down quietly after his ordeal (both from the dog and from us cleaning him) with a nice big bowl of food.”
People have been taking to social media to express their love for the little guy, saying things like:
“So happy to know this precious, little creature was rescued and is doing better. Great news.”
Even though they resemble porcupines and echidnas, hedgehogs are actually distant relatives of the common tree shrew. These cute little buggers are omnivores and will feed on insects, grasses, berries and small reptiles. They are even immune to some snake venoms.
They can live up to seven years in the wild but are preyed upon by owls and raptors, badgers and ferrets, and wolves.
They are relatively docile creatures and this makes them very popular pets. In the United States back in the early 1990’s, they became the pet du jour for many Generation X’ers looking for an exotic pet that was easy to care for.
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