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Feb 21, 2007

Human Head Cloned From Hedgehogs!


OK, no.  Not really.  But I just spotted this story on the Christian Science Monitor yesterday, belatedly.  The dude's an Englishman by the name of Les Stocker, wildlife rehabilitator & photographer strawdinaire, and as you can see, he's made ENTIRELY OF HEDGEHOGS.  Not really.  Well actually, yes he is.  Because otherwise it'd be like cuddling sea urchins, eh?  So he must be.

Its_good_ere_ent_it_1 From the article text:

"Inside row upon row of rolled-up pastel towels, small, thorny creatures are snoozing. It's mid-morning after all, and hedgehogs simply do not like to rise before dusk.              

"This isn't a hedgehog spa, nor a fantastical Beatrix Potter tale. This is St. Tiggywinkles – a wildlife hospital. It's where 500 hedgehogs are served meals in bed every day in the hope they'll put on enough weight to survive the winter.

"It is also a place with a royal stink."

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First, sugar gliders with earthworms attached to their bottoms. Now, hedgehogs with human heads attached to, well, wherever there's a soft spot.

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 11:17 AM

Yeah, Hedgies I remeber Mortimer and Rosie well, my own hedgehogs. Cute little guys...I love the sound they make when crunching bugs.

Emily Anonymous
 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 11:17 AM

500 hedgehogs??? Wow!!! I want the job of feeding them everyday!!! That would really put me in cuteness heaven!!!

A hedgehog feeder...that would surely beat just about any other job I can think of.

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 11:20 AM

I love the squirrel and hedgehog pic. Squirrel is all, "Hey dude, what's up? How's your arm?"

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 11:23 AM

Brinnann -- VERY sneaky.

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 11:23 AM

i see a hedgehog with glasses.

oh, wait...

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 11:25 AM

Why, Theo, whatever do you mean? *Has the audacity to look shocked.*

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 11:27 AM

that is so sweet! i want a hedge cuddle fest next to my face!

vivian calloway
 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 11:28 AM

Noel... A hedgehog feeder isn't a bad job, but remember you're feeding them mealworms, crickets and other yummy crunchy bugs. My Sonic and Alex looooved summer grasshoppers.

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 11:28 AM

St Tiggywinkles? Best name evah. 'Cept maybe if it was called Dinsdale's.

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 11:28 AM

Ohhh the hedgehogs are so cute! And you know what's weird? I've been to St Tiggywinkles! I took an injured pigeon there once. (No, really.)

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 11:35 AM

Helping little creatures. What a sweet fulfilling job that must be.

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 11:37 AM

Hedgies have such tiny leetle feetsies, I can just imagine what it feels like to have them wriggling all over you.

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 11:45 AM

they remind me of chocolate cupcakes

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 11:46 AM

There is some super cute interspecies action in one of those photos!!! I love squirrels!

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 11:46 AM

Chocolate cupcakes with those sweet sprinkles on them.

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 11:48 AM

I hope the one vanilla cupcake doesn't feel out of place. Maybe I should take him home with me, just to be sure. *Gingerly picks up white hedgie and scurries away.*

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 11:51 AM

Haha! I have an idea for new reality show:

"Cute Factor"

Can you withstand being fondled and crawled upon by impossibly cute things and live to tell the tale?

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 11:55 AM

DKN, you misspelled it: "live to tell the TAIL."

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 11:57 AM

i checked out their website. boy what a great service these people are providing for injured british wildlife. three cheers for the brits! hurrah!

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 11:57 AM

Oh, and one of the tasks could be "Who can snorgle the longest."

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 11:58 AM

Looks like St. Tiggytribbles.

Tina Rhea
 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 11:59 AM

All it takes is one big-hearted man to make a big difference in some animals' lives. Way to go, Les!

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:01 PM

Christian Science monitor?!! *Ugh* Jeebus just sucked all the cuteness out of this story

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:03 PM

i'm so tempted to buy a print of the hedge/squirrel snorgle...the bandage on the hedge is unbelievable!

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:05 PM

Gha! Brinnann I LOVE it.

By god there are BADGERS on that site! Ahn!

Anyone else remember the Frances the Badger series? My personal fave was "Bread and Jam for Frances"!


 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:06 PM

We used to raise money for St Tiggywinkles at my Junior School. So good to see them on Cute Overload. (Especially now I have a Tiggy of my own.)

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:07 PM

Lol, Tina, it does look like St. Tiggytribbles!

What a great site...and all the pics of widdle hedgies in casts...awwwwwww.

Les Stocker Photography has some awesome hedgie pics!

ie http://www.lesstockerphotography.co.uk/assets/images/I_like_snails.gif

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:07 PM

DKN, I think we've got a hit show on our hands. We should pitch it to some of the larger networks.

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:08 PM

We take cuteness wherever it may be found!

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:09 PM

Tots, Brinnann.

Lets think of more rounds...

1. Snorgle the longest
2. Being crawled on by cute things (preferably living cute things)
3. Name all the rules of cute in under 45 seconds while being pelted by stuffed animals.

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:13 PM

What's Tiggytribbles?

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:16 PM

Just visited the site and made a quick paypal donation to them--- its easy and 2.50 british pounds is just about $5.00 American... pretty painless. :)

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:17 PM

4. Quickest time attempting to find your way through a maze without being distracted by Qte.

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:17 PM

5. Deciphering the CO glossary.

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:18 PM

DKN, I remember Frances!

S is for Sailboat,
T is for Tiger,
U is for Underwear
down in the dryer!

Re #2, are there non-living cute things that crawl? ::ponder::

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:19 PM

Ooh! that's good, B. We would all lose ;)

More more...phones busy...can't think!

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:27 PM

I so emailed that pic and story in late on Monday. I was bummed to not see it on Cuteoverload. Glad it made it there anyway. The fact that I get no cred does not render the story and pic any less adorable.

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:28 PM

Question: Anyone here who's handled a hedgehog know how prickly they actually are? I mean, the principle is probably the same as when you lie on a bed of nails - you know you're in contact with a lot of hard pointies at once, and it's sort of painful, but at the same time you aren't actually getting hurt.

(At least, I assume it's sort of painful. My physics teacher had a mini nail bed and invited people to stand on it. In socks, it was much ow.)

Yubi Shines
 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:28 PM

No I guess there aren't any non-living things that can crawl except for toys maybe...hmmmm...

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:29 PM

6. HA! Trying to multi-task at work while browsing the CO website!

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:29 PM

Yubi Shines, as long as you handle them softly, the quills don't seem to hurt. And yes, it sort of is the same principle as the bed of nails - being closely distributed over a surface makes them much less daunting than individually. Usually, when you're holding a hedgie they're kinda curled up, so that helps too.

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:31 PM

brinnan - you must be too young to remember the original Star Trek episode of The Trouble with Tribbles. Cute little furry critters that Uhura went ga ga over while on shore leave. The trouble was they were born pregnant and everything just went downhill from there. Including the creepy klingons.

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:33 PM

Oh, Yubi, then you tickle their leetle bellies and forget all about the pricklies against your arm where you're cradling them.

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:33 PM

7. Coming up with cute captions for photos in some assigned amount of time.

That would make a good lightning round...

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:35 PM

nermalkitty, not sure how old the episode is, but I don't remember any of them well.

I'm not sure what show it's from, may have even been a cartoon, but there were lots of little furry creatures stuck under a plane or aircraft of some sort that had to be removed before take-off.

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:36 PM

I hope Theo's out there somewhere storing our show ideas for publication...

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:37 PM

Does this scene remind anyone else of the Tirbble episode on the original Start Trek series? I can't stop the captain! Theyrrrr everywhere!

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:38 PM

brinnan - seems like i do remember another show like you described. like maybe a twilight zone episode ...

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:41 PM

I hope so, too, Brinnann! :)

 |  Feb 21, 2007 at 12:45 PM

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