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August 14, 2001

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Knarla, the Pet of the Day
Name: Knarla
Age: Four months old
Gender: Female
Kind: African Hedgehog
Home: Charleston, South Carolina, USA
   Knarla Pog is a four month old African hedgehog living in Charleston, SC. Despite the fact that she is barely more than a hoglet, she has lots of personality and a budding career as a spokeshog for the Carolina Hedgehog Society.

    Knarla loves to explore in her large exercise ball. In fact, she is planning on competing in the International Hedgehog Olympic Gymboree event that will be held in Charleston this fall. As a hedgehog athlete, Knarla will compete in five events including giant slalom, shot put, sprint, floor exercises, and hurdles. Her natural speed and agility make her a serious competitor!

    Knarla's other passion is eating. Hedgehogs are naturally insectivorous, and Knarla enjoys eating canned or freeze dried crickets and mealworms in addition to the other treats she receives -- small amounts of chicken baby food, low-fat vanilla yogurt, and lean cooked chicken or salmon. She has to make sure to have a varied and healthy diet to keep her in good shape for playing in her ball or running on her wheel.

    Knarla even has her own web site and invites everyone to come and learn more about African hedgehogs, and her unusual name!

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