||Four and a half months old|
||African Pygmy Hedgehog|
||Northbrook, Illinois, USA|
is my pet hedgehog, Petunia. She is a very nice hedgehog, and
loves to be handled. She also loves to eat. Her favorite food is
whipped cream, and then probably pecans. She likes to play hide and
go seek with me, and it is not always easy to find her! She is very
funny, because she makes little grunting noises that sound like a
piglet. I have only had her for three months, but I love her dearly.
She has be-friended my cat in the short time she was with us!
Most people think that hedgies are a bad pet, mainly because of their
shyness and spikes. But as soon as they start to get to know you,
they are very good pets! Petunia loves to be held, and she, like most
hedgehogs, lays her spikes done flat when I hold her! I do think she
needs to gain a little weight though, because she is underweight by
hedgehog standards. I hope to have her for ten years, because they
can live that long. I do not, however, suggest that anyone under the
age of eleven purchase one of these critters, because it takes a lot
of time, money, and commitment to keep these. To me, though, it is
all worth it.
A lot of people ask "Why a hedgehog?" Well, when you see
these little guys, you fall in love with them right away. Also, I like
to have unusual pets, and hedgehogs are very unusual! Hedgies are
definitely the pet for me!
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