August 9, 2013


Warning: this post has absolutely no intellectual content. Sometimes brains need a break.

So this post is about hedgehogs.

I didn't really understand what the thing was about hedgehogs before. Their pictures circulate a lot on Facebook, but whatever. Puppies are way cuter.  

But on a visit to the San Francisco Zoo a few weeks ago, I actually got to see a hedgehog...and pet it...

...and now hedgehogs are a thing. So. Much. Cuteness.

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I know, right? Beatrix Potter's respectable Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Brian Jacques' Ambrose Spike never prepared me for this. Those spikes aren't really poky--they feel kind of like rubber. 

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...and this one drinks out of a teacup! Just like a good British hedgehog. 

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...and here's one rolled up in a ball...

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Eee! It's waving. Hellooo, little adorable hedgehog...

Depressingly, hedgehogs are perfectly legal pets in all the states except for Maine, Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Pennslvania...and California. Guess I'll be contenting myself with internet pictures for the time being.

(If you have links to more cute hedgehog pictures, post them in the comments! I can't get enough of them!)


  1. I love their feet!

    There was a blog friend I had who had a hedgehog names Bruce Quillis. (Instead of Bruce Willis.) Too funny!

    1. Hahaha, that's adorable. I know, the last little one that's waving makes me giggle :)

  2. Well, they are not quite as cute as puppies, BUT I would venture to say that quills don't shed as much as fur either! I could possibly be convinced to adopt one if it needed a home...;). What do hedgehogs eat anyway??

    1. "...insects, snails, frogs and toads, snakes, bird eggs, carrion, mushrooms, grass roots, berries, melons, and watermelons," according to :)

  3. Rubbery, huh? Maybe I won't be afraid to touch one when I go to the zoo. :)