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September 11, 2013 7:38 AM   Subscribe

Baby hedgehog Boat! [slyt | cute]
posted by quin (25 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
 
They seem like the most darling little creatures! I just want to squeeeee whenever I see them. Do they actually make good pets? They certainly seem like wonderful bathtime friends.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 7:45 AM on September 11, 2013


Ooh tiny tootsies...
posted by Cocodrillo at 7:48 AM on September 11, 2013


Give me.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:00 AM on September 11, 2013


They are great bathtime friends, until the first time you reach for the loofah in the dark...
posted by MartinWisse at 8:04 AM on September 11, 2013 [4 favorites]


I guess popples were real after all.
posted by furtive at 8:11 AM on September 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


Poor little guy. My hedgie used to hate baths.

I think they're great pets (illegal in some places).

We built a special wheel, and he would get in and run and run, and then stop, stick his head out, and look around "Where am I now?".
posted by needlegrrl at 8:11 AM on September 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


Curls up, but can't swim--
Stickly-Prickly, that's him!

It looks like Painted Jaguar has been misinformed by his Mummy. Or perhaps Stickly-Prickly has been taking lessons from Slow-And-Solid.
posted by tdismukes at 8:24 AM on September 11, 2013 [1 favorite]




LEETLE PEENK TOESIES
posted by elizardbits at 8:40 AM on September 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


Every time I see a video like this one (specifically, hedgehogs in the bath), someone chimes in with the comment that this is cruel treatment to the hedgie, and I feel shame for liking what on the face of it is supposedly just a cute vid. So, please, someone tell me if this is a Bad Thing We Must Denounce or just my daily dose of squee.
posted by briank at 9:07 AM on September 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


My friend gave her daughter a hedgehog as a pet, and the thing was always so scared all the time, it would just curl up into a ball and hyperventilate if you even came near it. Dumb pet if you ask me.
posted by starvingartist at 10:17 AM on September 11, 2013


How delightful. We have just noticed the latest in a long line of hedge pigs lodging under the garden shed. I couldn't do this to him for fear of fleas.
posted by BenPens at 10:52 AM on September 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


So, curled up like that, the hedgehog may be a little grumpypants. Also it's worth noting that there is some debate on whether hedgehogs can swim (at least some can) and whether they can right themselves if curled up on their backs in the water (again, at least some can).

The main lesson here is really that if you have put your hedgehog in the water, you should make sure the water is tepid and you should make sure that your hedgehog is under constant supervision until they are out of the water and out of danger of getting or falling in again.

That said, a curled up, possibly grumpypants (nor no pants) hedgehog is cute and as far as I am aware, being grumpypants/pantsless is not actively or lastingly harmful for the hedgehog.

Also I should note that I am not directly knowledgeable here. I've never owned a hedgehog of my own, but I have friends who do own one or more and I am a fan of hedgehogs, so I read up.
posted by kalessin at 11:08 AM on September 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


P.S. having handled a hedgehog, they are not as prickly and sharp in general as a porcupine. Their feel is sort of like a wok brush or a metal brush. You can tell that having one rub up against you violently or trying to eat one as a predator would pretty much suck. But skin to spininess contact in a gentle way is not harmful to you. Just a bit rough.
posted by kalessin at 11:11 AM on September 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


Is a Hedgehog for Me?
(subtitled "Am I Possibly A Hedgehog, Or Was This List Written By One Of My Exes? Because Most Of This List Totally Sounds Like Something They Would Say.")
*You will have to provide a high quality food and pay attention to special dietary needs.

*You will need to clean their habitats daily with complete scrubbing done weekly. Not all hedgehogs will litter train perfectly.

*Hedgehogs need to stay warm – 72 to 75 degree environmental temperature is required.

*You will get poked. Even the best hedgehogs have off days.

*You will need to trim the hedgehog’s toenails even if they don’t want you to.

*The hedgehog may self-anoint (spread spit on their self).

*A hedgehog who is not friendly to begin with will require a lot of patience and respect to re-socialize.

*The hedgehog will be happier with an exercise wheel and a place to hide.

*If you do not handle the hedgehog frequently, they may not stay as friendly.

*A hedgehog may bite, though it is unlikely. Anything with teeth can bite.

*Not all veterinarians are familiar with hedgehogs, so it may be difficult or expensive to secure good veterinary care.

*Hedgehogs often do not prefer the company of other hedgehogs.

*Your hedgehog may never seek you out for companionship. Some hedgies do, but some do not.

*The hedgehog may like you better than other people. Some hedgehogs adjust well to change, while others prefer the familiar.

*Your hedgehog will prefer to be awake at night. They can make a lot of noise as they eat, drink and explore. Hedgehogs are largely nocturnal.

*If your hedgehog is a baby, it will go through a phase called “quilling,” where a baby hedgehog is grumpy and loses baby quills.
posted by zombieflanders at 11:24 AM on September 11, 2013 [6 favorites]


I had a hedgehog as a child. It was a great pet and friend.
This is my favorite hedgehog bathtime video.
posted by msbutah at 12:38 PM on September 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


I don't think the hedgehog is enjoying that at all. Where are the glass of wine and scented candles?
posted by orme at 1:07 PM on September 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


Every time I see a video like this one (specifically, hedgehogs in the bath), someone chimes in with the comment that this is cruel treatment to the hedgie, and I feel shame for liking what on the face of it is supposedly just a cute vid. So, please, someone tell me if this is a Bad Thing We Must Denounce or just my daily dose of squee.

Well there's certainly a gap between what's being described and what is seen:

>Why did the hedgehog get in the sink? Prickly creature is seen FLOATING in water as he curls up into a ball when he is given a bath

-The hedgehog didn't "get" in the sink, he was placed there
-The hedgehog didn't curl up into a ball spontaneously, it looks like the owner basically handled/prodded/annoyed him into assuming a defensive posture
-The hedgehog seems to just kind of freeze in place in the water, he may be stressed or afraid of drowning, I don't know.
-The owner seems more interested in eliciting all this behavior for the camera than actually bathing the guy

So I don't think these people are being cruel, I'm sure this is just a normal bathtime, but it does seem to fall under the rubric of people finding stress/coping behaviours just adorable.
posted by anazgnos at 1:13 PM on September 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


I think this is the original video, from the watermark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoZiZE2Zcng
posted by scruss at 1:56 PM on September 11, 2013


That is a very strange concept for a music video.
posted by Kloryne at 2:43 PM on September 11, 2013


yes, can anyone identify the music?
posted by Maias at 3:30 PM on September 11, 2013


Cute, but no way to help your hedgie trust and love you.

Dumb pet if you ask me.

While it's true the hedgies aren't overly bright, they can be cute and engaging pets, depending on how their handled when young and their personalities.

My ex SIL had a hedgie that hated him and bit, but liked me. He would crawl up the arm of my long sleeved sweaters and snorkle on my shoulder. Hodges liked his bath, but then I used warm water and only put a half inch in the basin. Again, he'd snorkle in the water and splash with his tiny back feets when he was happy. He only nipped me once when I picked him up without warning.

Stupid ex SIL went away for the weekend and left him without food or water. Poor Hodges. RIP
posted by BlueHorse at 5:57 PM on September 11, 2013


If you want to see a happy trusting hedgie taking a bath, try here. Not as OMG cute, but she's a happy, clean, contented girl.

This earthling1984 knows his onions hedgies.
posted by BlueHorse at 6:14 PM on September 11, 2013


Since a hedgehog getting a bath features in the music video, here is the catchy little song "Overweight Hedgehog" by Parry Gripp.
posted by Doktor Zed at 7:45 PM on September 11, 2013


Is a Hedgehog for Me?

From this list it has become alarmingly clear that I am in fact a hedgehog.
posted by elizardbits at 8:24 AM on September 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


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