Ok, I’m going to put it out there. I’m about to become unbearable. Like, quite literally unbearable. I can almost totally understand if you all choose this week to unfollow me on every single social media platform. I’m going to be that bad….
So, I guess I should explain.
Today, as this post goes live, I am going to be in my car on the motorway on the way to pick up something so adorable it makes me want to scream a little bit – something that is so cute that my instagram and twitter are just going to be full of pictures of his little face. (The one above he was just under 6 weeks old! Too cute!)
Today, I am picking up a baby hedgehog. My baby hedgehog.
He is nearly 7 weeks old and I cannot wait to bring him home!
(This is him at just under 6 weeks!)
I had been chatting to the breeder for months and she finally messaged me just before Christmas to say that one of her gorgeous hedgehogs had given birth to a litter of two tiny babies and did I want to reserve one? Having wanted one for AGES (it was even on my 25 facts about me post!) and the timing being totally right, and of course being completely unable to resist his little smiley face, I said yes!
I have spent pretty much every day since then counting down to today, looking online for everything I’m going to need and pestering the incredible breeder for photos….and today I get to bring him home!
I have a few photos already, from when he was tiny (the amazing breeder, coincidentally also called Rosie, has sent me photos pretty much weekly as he has grown) and I can imagine that there are going to be SO MANY more coming in the next few days!
(Here he is at about 2.5 weeks!)
I have set him up a gorgeous home, with bedding made by an incredibly creative woman called Nina, and everything is ready for him to come home with me.
He isn’t your standard garden hedgehog, the hedgehogs that people have started keeping as pets are a different breed, called the “African Pygmy Hedgehog”. They are smaller that normal hedgehogs and don’t hibernate – In fact they have to be kept indoors and kept really warm at all times so that they don’t. There is a lot to learn about them, and I’ve been doing my research for months ready to find a breeder with a litter available and bring one home – I can’t wait!
(This is him at about 4.5 weeks!)
I think I am going to create an instagram account for him, purely so I don’t just end up bombarding my instagram feed with hedgehog pictures, so as soon as I do that (I have a name in mind but I don’t want to set it in stone until I’ve met him properly!) I’ll be tweeting links out etc so you can follow his cute little face!
I imagine I’ll also be posting several photos on my instagram today so have a follow to see how I’m getting on!! 🙂
I’m completely smitten with his happy little face and can’t wait to get him home! 🙂
IF YOU ARE THINKING OF GETTING A HEDGEHOG:
Yes, they are super cute but there is a LOT to learn before getting one. They are classed as an “exotic pet” and they need to be treated as such.
Make sure you do your research properly and find an approved breeder.
There are approved breeders online who you can make contact with and get put on a waiting list – I can provide a list of breeders if anyone is interested, don’t go with an un-approved breeder, they might have a shorter waiting list, but you can’t guarantee the health and background of your hedgehog.
I’m more than happy to answer any questions you may have but make sure you do your research if you are thinking of getting one of these gorgeous little babies! 🙂