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Feb 23, 2006

"Whatevs!" "Borrrrrrring!"

"Whaaaaaaaaaat-evs!"

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"Borrrrrrrrring!"

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This Hedger's name is Pascale. PASCALE, People! WHO names their hedgehog Pascale? Someone who obviously knows what they're doing. Straight from "HamorHollow.com", taken by Sean Soznik. Brillllllliant!

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holy squirrel-pants!! that's adorkable.

pheral
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 06:16 AM

I'm telling you, this needs to be a new Rule of Cuteness! "A cute thing, showing its tongue, becomes even cuter!"

Alyson
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 06:16 AM

Holy Hedgehog! Pascale!?!
"WHO names their hedgehog Pascale?"
People who are cool enough to own a hedgehog. I can't get over this one. It is just one of the cutest things EVAR! Seriously, this week has been awesome for cute.

Beauregard
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 06:20 AM

[program Ode(input, output, Pindaric, Pascale);]

i think that i shall never see
something as cute as pascal-ee.

finn
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 06:27 AM

YAWN! or HA! or AIE!

Kell
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 06:31 AM

Kind of slimy little toungue you got there Pally Pascale!

Rafael
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 06:34 AM

I *swear* he looks like a muppet!!

Can anyone spot the puppeteer's hand under there?....

MH
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 06:34 AM

he looks like he's in for a doctor's appt :)

Say "ah"!

cassandra
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 06:35 AM

Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude!

He's high on life, yo.

TheIdleReceptionist
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 06:51 AM

I love how the blanket makes it look like he's on a very well groomed lawn. Like a picture book, I tells ya...

Julia
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 06:51 AM

I think Pascale is mocking us. And enjoying it.

maymee
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 06:51 AM

I adore the fact that in the yawning picture, it's all mouth and ZERO teeth! Too cute!

Ayumi
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 07:09 AM

I heart pascale.

Jessica
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 07:09 AM

Eee! Hedge-piggy!

Laura
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 07:15 AM

so much hedgie action....(swoon and faint....)

s
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 07:15 AM

The tongue. It is so big. And cute. :D

chupacabra
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 07:37 AM

Oh

My

Gawd

I actually laughed out loud at this one. I am SO getting a hedgehog now! Hubby and I have already planned it, but now I'm even more stoked!

Skwerly
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 07:45 AM

THis is quite possibly the last desktop background I will ever need. Remember when you said that hedgehogs weren't cute? HA!
Thanks so much for the overwhelming cuteness.

Cassandra
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 07:57 AM

OH gosh..Is he cute, or what??? I've never been much for Hedge-Piggies as someone else called them, but this is JUST too cute!!!!! What a cute little mouth!!!

Seriously though, can't adult Hedgehogs hurt humans? I'm just asking, I have no idea...

StormCat
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 08:16 AM

Yes StormCat, you're exactly right!! Hedgehogs can bite, and often do. They, like ferrets, smell unless you bathe them frequently... and. if you bathe them, you have to be careful about their catching cold. They have parasites and medicating them is tricky.

Little hedge-piggies are among the cutest of creatures and I LOVE these photos, but they, like ferrets, do not make good pets except for a small percentage of people
who are committed to dealing with them as the "wild animals born in captivity" that they are.


otter
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 08:34 AM

'Hmmm ... hold out your tongue please Mr. Hedges. Hmmm ... odd, very odd. Could you open your mouth a little wider? ... tsk, tsk. This doesn't look good.'
'What's wrong with me, doc?'
'Mr. Hedges, I'm afraid you have an extremely rare condition that gives you the appearance of a, um, hedgehog.'
'Aha, I KNEW you were a quack! I had asked for a VETERINARIAN, hello! Really, doc, you should be ashamed of yourself, I'm so angry with you my hairs are standing on end!'

Subhangi
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 08:42 AM

SOO Cute..where the hell can tou buy a hedgehog?? But truly it looks a little scary

Jackie
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 08:45 AM

No one's mentioned those ears yet! (Of course the tongue kinda stole the show here...)
Like little leather ears of a stuffed toy!!! Sooooooo cute!

nella
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 08:55 AM

Otter, thanks for that info!! I really didn't know they could bite humans!! I figured the pricklies were dangerous, but not the mouth too... Ok, I don't want one anymore... (grin)

Nella, I agree with the ears comment!! I didn't even notice them until you mentioned it...they ARE cute!!!!!

StormCat
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 09:22 AM

HE'S SO ANIMATED!

kochou
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 09:31 AM

Otter...I'm not trying to be mean or anything, but out of the nine ferrets I owned, NONE of them were even remotely what I would have considered "wild". They would never have survived more than a day out of the shelter of my house, and the only thing they ever "hunted" was where I'd hidden their bottle of vitamin paste.

They're less likely to bite people than dogs or cats. That is a researched and proven fact. Also, bathing them frequently causes them to smell WORSE. It's a proper diet and frequent cleaning of their bedding that reduces the smell. A ferret whose environment is kept clean, who is brushed frequently, and who is given the right kind of diet will have little more than a faint odor of corn chips around it. (Some call it a "bakery-fresh" smell...)

Now I *will* say that they aren't good pets for people with small children or who go into ownership of one thinking it's a rodent (which is is most definitely NOT) and end up starving it to death on an improper diet. But all it takes is about the same amount of research and consideration any good, responsible pet owner would make for ANY animal they are interested in--be it a ferret or any other living, breathing critter.

Just my $0.02. I'll get back on topic now... :-)

--TwoDragons

Denita TwoDragons
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 09:33 AM

To those who say they are getting a hedgehog because of these pics, I urge to read this wepbage first. They are CUTE, but not the best pets for everyone. Just 13 years ago, they were very unfriendly creatures, and only now "somewhat" coming around in friendliness.

Here is the page:

http://www.hedgehogworld.com/content/category/4/68/42/

Some hedgehogs never make a good pet, and you usually do not know, until you've already got them at home and they are older.

Some bite when they hear a loud or sudden noise, even if they are normally calm.

Unlike a cat or dog, they don't care for people in the same way the usual pet does. They show some interest, but mostly you are a jungle gym for them to climb on.
Also, many hedgehogs can not be litter trained. They go where they wish to go, and when.

You may also find quills shed onto your carpets, and they can find their way into the bottom of your foot or clothes; socks, underwearm, shoes, etc.

They are nocturnal, so they can be loud at night banging around in their cage.

One of the most important things to know, is that many vets will not see a hedgehog. If you do not have an 24 hour/day emergency vet near you who will see hedgehogs, you could end up letting a hedgehog die, when it didn't need to happen.

Please, please...if you are interested in getting a pet (even a cat or dog), please do research on them first. I've met too many people who have bought one of these, learning too late that they're not great pets at all.

Jes
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 09:44 AM

Denita TwoDragons, it sounds like this is an important issue to you and I respect that -- it is important to me, too, so ther we have common ground.

The info you write is different from my research and experience (could we be talking about two different species of ferrets?! I doubt it, but it almost sounds like it).

"wild animals born into captivity"... now think about what this means, ok? Since they are born into captivity, they will be habiutaed to humans, but their wild instincts and behavior have not been bred out of them as they have with domestic dogs and cats.
Ferrets have more of a history of domestication -- they were even used in WW II in a (largely unsuccessful) program to use them to find buried land mines, and were used by German farmers to reduce rodent populations -- but ferrets are still not "domestic animals". They are wild animasl that are being bred in captivity as an "exotic" pet.

As a Vet's assistant from 1998 - 2003 full time and currently part-time, and volunteer
at our Animal Shelter, I have seen too many ferrets come in with wounds from people who didn't know what they were getting into and decided to "discipline"/train the animal or didn't recognize symptoms of illness in time -- so much suffering brought about by the fact that many (not all but many) of teh people who purchase a cute little "exotic" are simply not cut out for as caregivers, not is it fair to the people to think they are getting acute toy of an animal that will be sweet and cuddly. Now, we are seeing hedgehogs come in teh Vet's office -- the saaddest cases are the three who have, each at separate times, dropped off at the animal shelters... chalk those up with the many bunnies who end up in Animal Shelters because many people don't know what a commitment is required to be a good "owner".
I ache for these animals, and for many of the people who honestly did not mean to be hurtful, but didn't really look into what they were getting into. And most of the people selling hedgehogs and other "exotics" do not tell the whole truth about this.

otter
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 09:51 AM

Jes you said it better than I did, (your post was entered while I was typing mine, so I didn't see it before I posted mine...

Sorry for any redundancy folks...and for the typos *aaargh* (am typing quickly, from work :)

otter
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 09:55 AM

"They are CUTE, but not the best pets for everyone."
"They show some interest, but mostly you are a jungle gym for them to climb on."
"They go where they wish to go, and when."
"They are nocturnal, so they can be loud at night banging around in their cage."

sounds like one of my ex's.

:wonders:

(jes, otter & denita -- thanks for the edjamacation.)

finn
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 10:01 AM

Contrary to these pictures, what is *not* so cute are the pictures of Hedgehog illnesses on Hamor Hollow's site!

But talk about a thorough site!

Kell
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 10:08 AM

...This one is a winner. Very expressive hedge-piggie you've got there.

<3<3<3

rainey
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 10:16 AM

omg! he haff noe toofz!!! ahhhh so cute! **dies**

Michele
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 10:39 AM

oh stop. please. stop. I can't take the cuteness.


begging!

I admit I'm addicted -- that's the first step, right?

CarlenLea
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 10:53 AM

Props to the animal activists for reminding us a few cute pictures (and really how can a baby picture not be cute) do not necesarily a good pet make, even if they are available as such.

But now for the question on everyone's mind: I think this cutie is named after the little boy Pascale in the comic strip "Rose is a Rose" they both have the same spikey "hair"

Vanadis
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 10:53 AM

Perhaps there could be a mainpage link to animal protection/advice sites, just incase someone sees a cute picture and rushes out to get a 'hog (or cat, monkey, gryphon -- whatever).

1Dgaf
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 11:01 AM

Oh this just made me bust out laughing!! That's the cutest thing ever!

Katie
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 11:17 AM

I think there needs to be a new cuteness rule regarding an unusually large ratio of mouth size to body size (or ear size to body size, and so on--you get the idea). Similar to rule #10 (large feet) and rule #15 (small ear-to-head ratio). And I think Pascale is the inaugural picture.

Anne
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 12:07 PM

Yeah the hedgehog is really cute - then I followed the link. Is no animal safe from us humans?! I can't believe people have hedgehogs as pets! We just seem intent on taking every animal on earth and doing with them as we wish, we are domesticating whatever creature we take a fancy to without a thought for whether it's the right thing for them. These are wild animals people, leave them where they should be (and that ain't living in a house with humans)!

FluffyBB
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 12:25 PM

Researchers suspect Ferrets have been domesticated for the last 10,000 years. There are murals of Ferrets being used for hunting in ancient Egypt and the Near East, though it is commonly accepted that the modern Ferret was domesticated from the European variety in about 1500 BCE. I think that 2500 years qualifies as domesticated.

Ferrets do not behave like domesticated cats or domesticated dogs because they are neither of these animals, just as cats and dogs do not behave like horses or cows. Nor are they "wild animals born in captivity" simply because so many people who choose to "own" them don't know the first thing about caring for them. This is a completely separate issue, and a valid one.

I admire the work of animal caregivers and respect the amount of time they invest in caring for animals that are mistreated and injured. But to suggest that ferrets are not good pets because people don't understand how to care for them is akin to blaming cars because some people are bad drivers.


Ponygirl
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 12:46 PM

Tongue....and yawn. o-o Cuteness laws have been broken.

TigerZahn
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 12:56 PM

Yep. I'm aware of the research-based speculation about ferrets having been "domesticated", Ponygirl. One need only Google "domestic ferret".

I think it's good that you wrote "reserachers suspect", because that's the operative phrase, and your honesty is great. Suspect that perhaps... the only corroborted cases are the German farmers (in the Phillppi, Ottery and Wetton in the Cape Flats region), and military "experiments".
Supposing for a monet that they are uber-"domesticated", the reality is that the type and frequency (relative to the population number) of injuries they receive from their "owners" varies greatly from cat and dog injuries and that speaks volumes.

otter
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 01:32 PM

Back to the main point - this hedgie is amazingly cute!!! I want to visit him.

E. Collison
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 02:06 PM

"the type and frequency (relative to the population number) of injuries they receive from their "owners" varies greatly from cat and dog injuries and that speaks volumes."

What kinds of injuries? And how do they differ from dog/cat injuries?

Li
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 02:23 PM

AWWWW look at his wittle mouth!

me
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 02:49 PM

That was sooooo vute, don't you think?I wish it was mine!

Regan
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 03:49 PM

Just wayyyy too adorable. I love hedgehogs!

Jan Spencer
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 04:24 PM

LOL Always nice to see more Pascal fans! Too bad she already has such a swollen ego, the additional fans will NOT be good for her. Pascal's people are good friends of mine, and her picture is one of my definate favorites as well.
Hedgehogs are definately not the pet for everyone, but neither are dogs, cats, or even fish. They are nocturnal, and will rummage around in their cage during a large percentage of the night, so you either A.)sound proof their cage, B.) wear earplugs, or C.) Get used to it. I have voted for C. Which is why I have surrounded myself with hedgehogs. :-P Hedgehogs can bite, but so do toddler humans, and I am more afraid of a toddler bite than a hedgehog bite. Hedgehogs typically don't bite out of agression, they are more likely to nip because you smell like something yummy, and if you don't see well, then smelling yummy means you must BE nummy. When they do bite, it is TYPICALLY just a hard pinch, and doesn't often break skin. Hedgehogs do not have the odor issues of ferrets, as long as their cages are kept clean, hedgehogs have almost NO odor to themselves.
www.hedgehogworld.com has a lot of information for those of you who are interested in learning more about hedgehogs, and the staff there (points to self as one example) LOVES to see people learning about hedgehogs. :)
Becca

Becca
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 04:55 PM

My baby is famous!

Pascal was the first baby to be born at Hamor Hollow after I received my USDA exotics breeder license (required to breed hedgehogs).

She is the Queen of Cuteness here and she knows it!

To dispel a few myths, hedgehogs do not stink and they aren't full of parasites. The hedgehogs that we have as pets have been captive bred since the early 80's and have about as much "wild" in them as your cat or dog. They are extremely intelligent animals, and they are not rodents.

To learn more about hedgehogs, visit http://www.hedgehogworld.com/

Thanks for the link and the extra traffic!

Oh, the Photographer is Sean Sosik-Hamor.

Kelly Sosik-Hamor
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 04:56 PM

OMG!!! i LOVE it!! Who knew a hedgehog could be so doggoned cute????????? lmfao

demonstar
 |  Feb 23, 2006 at 05:06 PM

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