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December 5, 1998

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Sponge, the Pet of the Day
Name: Sponge
Age: One year old
Gender: Male
Kind: African Pigmy Hedgehog
Home: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
   I got Sponge in November of last month as an early Christmas present. At first I had him in a 20 gallon tank, but I moved him into a child swimming pool in my room. It's more like a castle for him. He has a ferret wheel, a piece of pvc pipe, a blanket and a house for his food that I made out of legos. For his meal, I usually give him dairy flavored kitten chow, vitamin pellets, and water. Sometimes I give him chicken or pork chops. As a treat he gets cottage cheese, or a little ice cream.

    Sponge loves to play with the plastic seals off of Snapple bottles, and he loves to chew on anything metal. He even plays with my cats by running around the lego house... Kind of a hide and seek game. He doesn't like getting baths very much though. I fill a sink with water and let him swim around for a while. It's pretty safe, I just have to make sure no water gets into his ears.

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