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Apr 10, 2006

The life and times of a tiny Hedge

Hedgies.com, your complete online Hedgehog resource ;) is the source of this terrific little story of "Tenzing" the baby Hedge. Here he is, looking like a hairbrush, on Day 5:


On day 15 then Day 20, Tenzing looks more like his Momma, developing from wee hoglet to perfect junior Hedge.


Until finally, he takes programming classes to become the C.O. intern.


Don't miss more images of Tenzing growin' up at Hedgies.com. Especially this one of him doing the "Prickly Snug" with his Momma on Day 36, and washing off some gnarliness during his first bath on Day 42. Ahn! <head tilt>


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 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 06:19 AM

Day #5 hedgie looks like some sort of weird alien sea creature or something. Where is his head?!

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 06:30 AM

Those pictures are so cute i want to barf/ralph/throw up/spill my cookies. AWWW esp. the snuggling one and the bath one. AWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!! i cant handle it, ive had an overload of cuteness!

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 06:32 AM

Quick! Attack with the computer duster!

Alex Jeffries
 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 06:34 AM

Ok, I didn't think hedgehogs could be cute...but awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 06:36 AM

Eek! That first picture made me laugh out loud. Hairbrush indeed, or mutant sea urchin, or something like that. . .

Total adorableness though from the rest of the pics! New CO intern!! Yay!!!

A thinker
 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 06:43 AM

Hegdies are so cute! Momma and Baby have such adorable wet little noses. I'd like to give them a kitty-kiss.

little miao
 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 06:50 AM

♥Sigh... I wish I had my own!♥

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 06:57 AM

Cute yes, but its gotta hurt giving birth to one of those :)

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 07:03 AM

i had had no idea that hedgehogs were so adorable and awesome until CO showed me the way. i want one! maybe not a creepy baby hairbrush one....but a slightly more grown up one.

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 07:03 AM

Can I ask a question?
I don't know *anything* about hedgehogs. Are they BORN with quills, or do the quills start growing right after birth?
Just wondering...

you guys r silly
 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 07:27 AM

Tenzing is a favorite of mine - and the perfect C.O. intern!
(Should be "purrfect," since hedgehogs do make that sound at times.)

E. Collison
 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 07:31 AM

As much as I love hedgehogs, that baby one does look like a testicle in the first pic

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 07:42 AM

The Hedgies.com site is down - I think it's been Cute Overloaded...

E. Collison
 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 08:05 AM

Hedgies are born without quills, and develop them shortly after. :)

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 08:31 AM

Thank you emily!
(I was just concerned about those poor *hedgehog MOMMIES*!)

you guys r silly
 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 08:49 AM

Thank goodness it is after or OW OW OW OW OW OW!

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 08:54 AM

Just adorable aren't they??

Jan Spencer
 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 09:03 AM


 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 09:07 AM

Do you SEE the foot in the first picture?? The baby has a foot! And it's sticking out!

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 09:08 AM

Don't ask me why but something about hedgies just tickles my funny bone, they are so cute in a funny sort of way.

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 09:27 AM

Awwwww!!!! He's so cute!! And tell him congratulations on scoring the intern job...such a young go-getter!

(psst. might want to teach him how to work the coffee maker...he looks like he might need it in the bottom picture. *squee* cute!!!)

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 09:57 AM

OHHHH WOOOOOOOOOW! How cute?!!!!!!!!!!!! That's awesome! I love hedges ;)

The Travelling Stuffed Lamb
 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 10:16 AM

doubleclick: i thought the same thing! (that in the day 5 pic, baby tenzing looks like a spiky testicle).

THAT is worthy of "cute...or sad?"

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 10:16 AM

We have the hedge.

Now - bring us a SHRUBBERY!

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 10:43 AM

He almost looked like a cactus!

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 11:01 AM

you know what they say... a thing, accompanied by a smaller version of that thing, is always cute.

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 11:57 AM

"Don't ask me why but something about hedgies just tickles my funny bone, they are so cute in a funny sort of way."

Same here - and they *are* funny. See this hedgehog video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yVYet0wVKk&search=toobin%27) for proof. The music is perfect.

E. Collison
 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 12:34 PM

Re day 20: Um shcoosh me - could shomeone "take a letter"?...

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 12:42 PM

When I first saw him, I honestly thought it was a pine cone. I dunno, I think they're cuter when they're all grown up and more possumy.

The Guy Over There
 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 12:43 PM

E. Collison, that video is *hilarious*. Especially the part where he tips over onto his back and all his feet wave. . .

That must be what Numo looks like!

A thinker
 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 01:02 PM

Glad you liked it, A thinker. I would love to have my own hedgehog, partly for entertainment value - the legs waving in the air have the same effect on me... (See Numo's blog for some great pics of hedgehog/tube antics.)

Apparently, they're *all* "tube addicts."

E. Collison
 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 02:08 PM

Wow, so they're actually born that prickly? Poor mom! Imagine a breech birth.

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 02:32 PM

Awww. Looks like a spiny sea cucumber :)

So adorable!!

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 02:47 PM

They ARE born with quills! OUCH!

Scroll half way down the page and see Tenzing's development from day one.


 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 02:50 PM

LOL!!! Just click on the Day 1 pic. It's so unusual to see such an image.
Thanks for the link :)

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 04:03 PM

E.C. - yes, if I ever get a wee cute thing, I am leaning toward a hedgie. And I wonder why the tube thing? Is it some kind of instinctual thing related to hedgehog behavior in the wild? I am intrigued.

A thinker
 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 04:04 PM

A thinker, nobody seems to know about the tubes. I've seen pics of a hedgehog nursing her young while while "wearing" a tube...

E. Collison
 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 04:36 PM

Hedgehog represent. Yo!

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 07:40 PM

is it a... shrub-let?

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 08:26 PM

EEEEEEEE!!! Spiny cuteness!!!

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 09:41 PM

I audibly gasped as I scrolled down and saw the tiny baby. I thought "oh, cute hedgehog...oh my god there's a teeny one. It is 1/10 the size."

This is an excellent example of rule #7.

I do believe that for maximum impact it may most effectively be viewed a little at a time for the slow reveal.

 |  Apr 10, 2006 at 11:38 PM

Love this story of hoglet!

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 02:53 AM

Hedgehogs put cardboard tubes on their noses all the time in their natural habitat. Officially, a wild hedgehog with a tube on its nose is known as an echidna.


PS - Cuuuuuuuute! new intern!

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 05:55 AM

For those of you who think the hedgehog looks like a testicle....

I should let you know, as a biology major...that if your testicals look like that, you should have that checked into...

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 11:50 AM

Do they sell them in the USA? I've never heard of anyone around here (NYC)having one.

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 04:19 PM

Nevermind - found answer to my own question. That internet is a lifesaver.

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 04:22 PM

aww so cute! and hilarious (in the first one he looks like a sea urchin or something)

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 05:06 PM

*Searches around computer monitor* Noooooooo!!!!! What about my hedgie??

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 07:14 PM

now i want a hedgehog! gimmee! :D

kitty d
 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 09:25 PM

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