||Two years old|
||African Pigmy Hedgehog|
Pinde. He is my first hedgehog. I've had him for about eight months now and
I got him from a girl who lost interest in him. He is very shy, and he rolls
up when I handle him, because he was not handled that much where he lived
before. He is a little overweight, so he eats a blend of half light catfood
and half hedgehogfood. Hedgehogs can easily become overweight, so I make sure
he doesn't eat too much, he only gets a small tablespoon a day, and then he
gets vegetables like cabbage, cucumber, spinach, carrot and herbs. As treats
he gets shrimp, chicken, egg whites and mealworms.
He sleeps all day and is active in the night time. Every evening I take him
out to get exercise and of course to get used to being around humans. I have
tried to give him treats from my hand, but he is still too shy to take them,
but I keep trying, I think some day he will trust me enough to eat them, but
we're just not there yet.
I have a weakness for animals left on their own, with no human contact, just
being in their cage day in and day out. So when I heard about him, I had no
doubt that I could provide a better life for him, than just giving him food
and water, even if I never owned a hedgehog before. I got on the Internet and
read all I could find about taking care of him, contacted a breeder and asked
her for advice. She said it will maybe take a year or even more to make him
comfortable with me, when he is so shy, so I need to have patience with him.
We have to take small steps, Pinde and I, and we have. He licked my arm once,
that was really cute. I have great hopes for the future, and I will never
give up on him. He is my little guy.
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