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hedgehogs are the cheerleaders at the puppy bowl

I don't know if anybody watches the puppy bowl on Animal Planet; it plays during the superbowl. It is cute Anyway, this year they have added hedgehogs as the cheerleaders!

I have a pet hedgehog named Spikey; I also had one named Mr. Pickles but he recently crossed over the rainbow bridge. So, it will be neat to see.

There seems to be some buzz about this because I even saw, on the cable news channel, the sports reporters discussing this
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Oh fun - I have to be sure to watch for them!

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I don't know if anybody watches the puppy bowl on Animal Planet; it plays during the superbowl. It is cute Anyway, this year they have added hedgehogs as the cheerleaders!

I have a pet hedgehog named Spikey; I also had one named Mr. Pickles but he recently crossed over the rainbow bridge. So, it will be neat to see.

There seems to be some buzz about this because I even saw, on the cable news channel, the sports reporters discussing this
Don't know the show, but my son had a hedgehog named Prickles for a number of years. She was really cute! In the summer, we let her out in the yard (supervised, of course) and let her catch her own bugs. She LOVED it!!!

Here are a couple of pictures of her. The first is in the HUGE "tunnel" system he made for her out of PVC and sweater boxes, (like a giant "Habitrail" for hamsters) and the second is her enjoying the garden.
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Hedgehogs have very poor eyesight so if they smell food or even flowery smells on your fingers, they will nip/bite. But typically, they use their quills as defense and dont really bite.

Hedgehogs love to be outside in the grass but you have to supervise because of dangers, including escape attempts and hawks. And they love to stick their heads in tubes. There are a lot of cute videos of hedgehogs 'tubing' on youtube.

The puppy bowl is a cute show that features puppies (obviously) of various breeds playing around with toys in a room that has a floor that is marked just like a football field. There is an announcer that calls the action kindof like a football game.
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Wow, how cute are those little guys!


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We have tuned into the Puppy Bowl for a few minutes of puppies frolicking. They are very sweet.

What comes readily to mind when I think about the Puppy Bowl is the pups drinking from the water bowl which has a glass or plexi-glass bottom with a camera underneath it facing upwards at the puppies faces and tongues.



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These hedgehogs look fake, they look just like my puppy's stuffed hedgehog! Ha ha, OK maybe it's that the stuffed hedgehog looks real. Since I've never seen a real one, I wouldn't know the difference. I am totally going to watch the Puppy Bowl this year, same as last year. I think it's lot's more fun than football.
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These hedgehogs look fake, they look just like my puppy's stuffed hedgehog! Ha ha, OK maybe it's that the stuffed hedgehog looks real. Since I've never seen a real one, I wouldn't know the difference. I am totally going to watch the Puppy Bowl this year, same as last year. I think it's lot's more fun than football.
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Nope! They're totally live, and yes! They do look like wind-up toys!

These are actually the African Pygmy Hedgehogs and have been bred long enough in captivity that they are like hamsters, and come in all sorts of different colors.

The European ones are larger, have longer noses and darker fur. (not quite so wind-up-toy looking!) I don't know if they can be tamed as pets, but a lot of people feed them in their gardens at night.


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Krandall is correct--they are domesticated African Pygmy hedgehogs. The photo I posted is of Mr. Pickles (rest in peace my little snifferoo); his coloring is called Algerian Chocolate with a face mask. They are adorable, endearing little creatures. They have very specialized needs and can live up to around 5 years so it is a commitment. I am lucky to have an exotic vet practice very close to me that only sees exotic pets. Even so, when I bring in one of my hedgies (and Spikey has chronic health issues and has daily medication), it creates a buzz in the office
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Interesting, Karen, that you mentioned African Pygmy as when we lived up there, we had African Pygmy goats, three of them. The kids were in 4H and the oldest one and myself fell in love with them when we saw them and so we got 2, one for each of us, then added another for me. Bud built a small barn in the wooded area of our backyard. It was neat!
Sorry to go off subject, but the African Pygmy thing brought back memories.


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