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November 26, 2001

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Spike, the Pet of the Day
Name: Spike
Age: One year old
Gender: Male
Kind: African Hedgehog
Home: Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA
   Spike is a wonderful hedgehog. He is a little shy, but once you pick him up he is very friendly. His favorite thing to do is run around and investigate in his exercise ball. He also loves to investigate in his small animal pen and cage. His favorite foods are canned crickets and mealworms. His favorite toy is any toilet paper tube. A year ago, I was a Teacher's Assistant in St. Louis, Missouri. Spike came to school with me on Groundhog's Day, which originally was Hedgehog Day before it came to America. The kids had never seen a real hedgehog before and were extremely excited. I taught them about hedgehogs and they got to watch him play in his exercise ball, eat, and even got to pet him. He loved it there and was even more friendly than usual. I think it was all the attention! When I get a full time teaching position and a classroom of my own, I hope to take him to school more often.

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