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May 19, 2006

Iraqi Hedge

Cuteness is worldwide, as you know, and here's proof. "Specialist C." writes:

"While I was overseas in Iraq, my commander Captain H. found a wild hedgehog being threatened by a python of some sort. Being the kind-hearted man he was, he rescued the poor little bugger, and
brought him to my office so we could release him into our marginally safer area of post (we had a strict policy against snakes in that AO).

Enjoy! I love your site. When the days in the Army get too dark, I open up Cute Overload and get my leavening of sweetness. Thanks!"


No, thank you, Specialist C.!

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so cute! :-)

 |  May 19, 2006 at 10:48 AM

What a sweet pic and a sweet story! :)

 |  May 19, 2006 at 10:49 AM

awwwwwwwwwww!!! adorable.

 |  May 19, 2006 at 10:49 AM

Weapons of Mass Cuteness FOUND!

Not That Mike The Other Mike
 |  May 19, 2006 at 10:50 AM

That "no snakes allowed on base" thing is just inviting jokes, right there...

But all this hedgie is inviting is snorgles.

 |  May 19, 2006 at 10:51 AM

Wild hedgehogs?

 |  May 19, 2006 at 10:52 AM

he's like a wittle teddy bear in a hedgie outfit!

 |  May 19, 2006 at 10:56 AM

Oh the little twinker! I love his sweet little (terrified) face. They should keep him and make him their mascot. Prickly on the outside, soft on the inside, just like the CO who saved him.

 |  May 19, 2006 at 10:57 AM

I'm melting. Thank you Specialist C.!

 |  May 19, 2006 at 10:57 AM

Danger-UXC (Unexploded Cuteness)

Handle With Care - BEF commands you!

 |  May 19, 2006 at 10:59 AM

aww what a sweety!! do you guys remember POPPLES? he looks like wee prickly ball'o love!!!

 |  May 19, 2006 at 11:04 AM

OMG, you can't even see his feet - he's a little ball o' spines!

 |  May 19, 2006 at 11:06 AM

I don't know that a python would be a match for a hedgehog - given that it's a constrictor, surely if it tried to wrap around Mr. Pricklestein here he would turn into a something resembling a long thin colander.
But what a cute widdle ball o'prickly proshness :)

Tony James
 |  May 19, 2006 at 11:11 AM

The ear...the ear is killing me....
Middle eastern hedgies...cuter than 'Merican Hedgies? My sources say SQEEEEEEEEEEEE!

 |  May 19, 2006 at 11:12 AM


1. Pull pin on hedgehog.

2. Roll into suspicious area.

3. After initial cuteness has incapacitated those inside[listen for thunks and brain pops], proceed carefully.

4. Retrieve hedgehog for later use. Reward with Hedgehog Ration #GF4-H4552

Mike G.
 |  May 19, 2006 at 11:13 AM

As a hedgehog owner myself, it's suprising how friendly this wild guy is (believe me, showing his face is friendly -- when they are afraid/pissed off they roll into an incredibly tight ball)

 |  May 19, 2006 at 11:14 AM


 |  May 19, 2006 at 11:15 AM

What a great story. And what a cute hedgehog.

"something resembling a long thin colander" LOL!

Good one, Mike G.

A thinker
 |  May 19, 2006 at 11:17 AM

Some kind of neat synthesis is going on -- Cute Overload just got mentioned in the weekly essay on my *other* favorite site, tomatonation.com, in a baseball piece, no less.

(No, Hedgie, no one's going to throw you like a baseball, no matter how tight you roll yourself up.)

Laurie C
 |  May 19, 2006 at 11:19 AM

ok sorry but he actually looks kinda soft... are hedgehogs soft never felt one... idk but he sure does look soft

christina r
 |  May 19, 2006 at 11:20 AM

Many prickly-spined thanks to Specialist C for sending us international cuties like Iraqi Hedgie! And since I'm feelin' all Hallmark-like here, most importantly, take care of yourself over there. Glad C.O. brightens your day.

jenni joon
 |  May 19, 2006 at 11:23 AM

Private 1st Class Pricklestein reporting for duty sir! Was almost abushed by the enemy sir, but thanks to the quck response team, here to sign up for another tour of cuteness! Whooyaa!

 |  May 19, 2006 at 11:28 AM

I'd never noticed before how cute their little faces are...

 |  May 19, 2006 at 11:29 AM

C Rations have now become Cute Rations.


 |  May 19, 2006 at 11:32 AM

Hedgie at full alert with all armor on, SIR!

Anna aka IdleReceptionist
 |  May 19, 2006 at 11:38 AM

Has to be a contender for the next t-shirt....

Specialist C - Thanks and Take care over there.

 |  May 19, 2006 at 11:39 AM

I'm finding something incredibly dear about big, strong man's hands gently cradling the spiky, prosh hedgie. Contrast is cute!

 |  May 19, 2006 at 11:43 AM

That's a sweet story. Its nice to see C.O. is perfoming the all important morale-lifting cuteness for the Armed Forces.

 |  May 19, 2006 at 11:47 AM

If you look at it juuuust right...at the leetle spines under his nose, they look like fingers all crossed in a kind of evil-genious-plotting way...he's saying, "eeexcellent...I haf egained access to their enecampement...now it is for me to ...TAKE OVER ZE WORLT!"

 |  May 19, 2006 at 11:51 AM

ugh! LOVE this shot. I want my son's first pet to be a hedgehog. hopefully dad won't want to add a snake to the pet parade later in life, huh.

 |  May 19, 2006 at 12:01 PM

In a related story, the Pentagon refused to confirm that the python was being held for questioning.

The government meanwhile insisted it had never intercepted any hedgie/python communications, with or without a warrant.

 |  May 19, 2006 at 12:04 PM

Well, thank goodness that hedgie is safe in Iraq and not in a rack!

 |  May 19, 2006 at 12:08 PM

Thank you for serving our country and being kind to little animals!

 |  May 19, 2006 at 12:19 PM

Thank you for serving our country and being kind to little animals!

 |  May 19, 2006 at 12:21 PM

Aubrey: "Hedgies in Iraq"

A thinker
 |  May 19, 2006 at 12:31 PM

Eeeek, Aubrey, "Hedgies 'n Racks" is making me shudder! Cuteness WILL incapacitate the world, Mike G. - Hedgie has a knowing look in his eyes, hehe. I LOVE this picture!

 |  May 19, 2006 at 12:35 PM

Thank you Specialist C, for bringing some cuteness into our lives! This little guy is great, and what a terrific story. Thanks so much for your service, and I am glad you get some virtual cuteness to help your days!

 |  May 19, 2006 at 12:38 PM

It looks like an extra-prickly kiwi fruit.

Thank you, Specialist C (and Captain H!), and stay safe!

 |  May 19, 2006 at 12:48 PM

That is the best story!

I always think that this site is the light that shines thru most of the darkness that's on the web!Cute overload is my daily happy!

 |  May 19, 2006 at 01:01 PM

I just want to say Thank You Specialist C. for all that you are doing to keep America safe

Much Respect

 |  May 19, 2006 at 01:21 PM

Whoa, I get all busy at work and this is what I miss. What a fantastic post. TEH QUTE supports our troops!

 |  May 19, 2006 at 01:23 PM

Specialist C. - I hope you were able to keep that sweet little hedgie on as a mascot. I know that a cuddle a day helps keeps the blues at bay - and that lil' face would brighten up anyone's day! I also wanted to say I hope you and everyone else out there stays safe. I'm prayin' for ya, kid - come home soon and come home healthy!

The Fat Lady Soings
 |  May 19, 2006 at 01:29 PM

Now that's a Meals Ready To Eat (Cuteness Flavor)!

(now now, don't be worried, nobody is really going to eat him)

Specialist "C": thanks for the story and thanks for your sacrifice and patriotism!

Meow House
 |  May 19, 2006 at 01:34 PM

This story and picture made my day...thank you so much.
Compassion is something we all need more of..along with empathy.

Bruce Joyner
 |  May 19, 2006 at 01:40 PM

CO is a worldwide relief effort. Meg, did you ever think what a great comfort you'd offer to an entire world?!

Specialist C--thanks for all your dedication and kindness.

 |  May 19, 2006 at 01:41 PM

And Captain H! Thank you too!

Meow House
 |  May 19, 2006 at 01:47 PM

Of course you don't see his feet.
He doesn't need feet.
People pick him up and carry him.
(Ubercuteness pays)

 |  May 19, 2006 at 01:48 PM

ahhh!! look how he curls up

 |  May 19, 2006 at 02:01 PM

i have a friend in iraq who has surreptitously adopted an orphaned kitten. that baby kitty is helping keep my friend alive.

specialist c, your story brought tears to my eyes. i'm glad you've been able to maintain your appreciation of teh cute while in the middle of hell. glad your heart isn't hardened.

be safe and secure! and thank you...for the story, and for your work.

 |  May 19, 2006 at 02:01 PM

That is so adorable. I never really thought about where hedgehogs are native from...it would be odd to see one "in the wild!"

 |  May 19, 2006 at 02:20 PM

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