Sonic the Hedgehog

Sorry that no new posts have been forthcoming; a move at work has limited internet and what bandwidth I have left is sucked up for online studies.

Sunday night (while I was up all night writing a history paper) I went out for some late dinner and happened upon this cute little fellow.  We put him in the back of the truck, took him back to work for some photos, and then drove him back and set him free where we found him.  We had caught another hedgehog a few weeks ago, you can see pictures of that critter here.

We shot dozens of photos but this pic (above) taken by colleague Eric was the best (I think).  He looks like a little dog stuffed animal.  After we took this pic we laughed and laughed it looks so funny.  I hope you enjoy it.


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cute little hedgehog

One of my colleagues at work (pictured above) ran across a small hedgehog and decided to do a little “show and tell.”  We posed with the little fella and then set him free.  He’s pretty small,  about the size of a melon; I saw one last week, at about midnight when I was driving home from work – the second one was about the size of a basketball.

This Central Asian hedgehog looks exactly like the kind that I had seen in Iraq in years past.  I wonder if they are similar to the hedgehogs of Europe.  If anyone can recognize if it si the same or not, please leave a comment.

When he is relaxed, his little head and legs stick out of his spines just fine but when he is startled, he rolls up into a little ball and all of his spines stick straight out.  They are quite rigid and can penetrate clothing.  In these photos, we were handling him with some thick leather gloves.

I have seen these hedgehogs eat snakes, scorpions and all sorts of crickets, grasshoppers and other insects.  They are quite beneficial in helping to keep the bug populations down so we welcome them at our work sites.

In this photo, I had just blown a sharp breath on him causing his spines to stick out and  his head tucked back inside of his quills.  They sure are cute animals.  I have some photos of Iraqi hedgehogs, I’ll post those (eventually) when I get back to 2005…

We had caught another hedgehog a few weeks later, you can see his photos here.


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