This Season's Must haves
The above link is to an article put out by the Northwich Guardian about the new latest pet craze here in the UK. This is something that should not have been published and definately shouldn't have been published around Christmas. Pygmy African Hedgehogs are not what I would consider as an ideal pet. And it is illegal to keep wild hedgehogs as pets. Hedgehogs are nocturnal creatures!!!! Keeping them awake during the day is not good for their health and neither is being kept in a handbag. They have a very special diet and if you don't know what that is then they can become malnurished and complications can set in with the poor things. The two species of hedgehogs are way different from each other and they need different diets so you can't be feeding them the same as our wild hogs. What is going to happen when the WAGS get tired of the little hedgehogs pooing in their handbags??? They can't be released and shouldn't be released back to the wild, because these little creatures come from a different country altogether.... they come from a desert region not the chilly climes of the UK. You can't housetrain them. Honest they go where and when they like and the more mess they can make the happier they are.
I do think they are cute and I do love the wild ones in my care, but that is just it..... they are only in care for a very short period of time and then back to the wild they go. They are reared up to a healthy weight and then go into soft release before they are released into a safe garden and back into the wild. But the ones I look after are just that - Wild. The Pgmy ones are coming from breeders and all sorts of problems can arrise if the breeders aren't respectible. Rather than carry around an animal like this in your handbag, why not open your wallets and give to the British Hedgehog Preservation society so that everyone in the UK will be able to enjoy hedgehogs now and for the future!!!!! Do something that is actually going to be something worthwhile rather than some fashion craze that will be out of fashion next month!!!!!
Make a donation to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society!!
The Daily Mail has also published an article, but personally I feel that they should really go after these people alot harder to prevent them advertising these poor little creatures as pets.
The Daily Mail
It isn't fair on them!!!!