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Benjamin the Hedgehog (St. Catharines) | NIAGARA'S PETS

Benjamin is a fascinating little creature to watch. He’s about 10 months old and his food of choice is cat food!

I’ve never seen a hedgehog up close and at one point, I was more interested in just watching him instead of taking pictures of him. He never really stood still long enough for me to get some really good shots but somehow I managed to capture a few…

Owner, 17-year-old, Courtney has had him for almost a year and said he is very shy. Shy indeed. He was always tucking himself in whenever I got close with my camera. Eventually, I realized the best way to truly capture the habit of this little fella was by video taping him!

Thanks for sharing your hedgehog with us Courtney! Check out Benjamin in action in the second video!...

Did You Know…

  • The very first hedgehog show was held in Tacoma Washington, USA, on October 22, 1995. Close to 100 shows across the United States and Canada have been held since.
  • Cancer is very common in hedgehogs.
  • In 2006, McDonald’s changed the design of their McFlurry containers to be more hedgehog-friendly. Previously, hedgehogs would get their heads stuck in the container as they tried to lick the remaining food from inside the cup. Then, being unable to get out, they would starve to death. Domesticated hedgehogs display this behavior by getting their head stuck in tubes (commonly, lavatory paper tubes) and walking around with the tube on their head. Hedgehog owners often refer to this as “tubing” and promote the behavior by supplying clean tubes. Most owners are considerate enough, however, to cut the tubes lengthwise so as to prevent the hedgehog from remaining trapped against their will. Curiously though, some will still knowingly get themselves stuck for a few hours.

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