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Tonight's lesson, boys and girls...

Post by Christ » Sun, 04 Mar 2001 15:49:50



When one hears hysterical barking in the backyard, one really should
investigate. With a flashlight.
Being slightly smarter than one of those ***s in the slasher flicks, I WAS
dressed when I went out to see why the dogs were going nuts, but I left the
flashlight behind. So when I saw them huddled around something on the ground
that was HISSING like a snake, I freaked. Visions of a psychopathic
nocturnal rattler or a rabid monkey chewing my dog's leg went through my
head. I finally saw what it really was -
a hedgehog.
Of course, my reaction was "what the f**k is a hedgehog doing in my yard!!"
My dog's reactions were barkbarkbarkbarkbark (guess what, suprise, it was
the sheltie) and whycantieatitwhywhywhy (yeah, Dakota was trying to munch on
it.) One pair of gardening gloves and a cardboard box later and I had myself
a hedgie.
Now what the *hell* am I going to do with it? I sent it off to my sisters
'cos I'm going to be at an agility trial all weekend. Anyone here happen to
have a hedgehog?
Glad the cat wasn't the one who found it. The rat face he left for me last
week was gross enough - this thing has too cute a face to eat.

Christy

 
 
 

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Post by Lori Reynold » Sun, 04 Mar 2001 21:30:03


What a great story!  Did maybe one of your neighbors lose theirs?  They are
becoming a popular pet these days, you know.  Where do you live, by the way?
Are they "native" to your area?
--
Lori in Peoria
http://www.moonsgarden.com/


Quote:
> When one hears hysterical barking in the backyard, one really should
> investigate. With a flashlight.
> Being slightly smarter than one of those ***s in the slasher flicks, I
WAS
> dressed when I went out to see why the dogs were going nuts, but I left
the
> flashlight behind. So when I saw them huddled around something on the
ground
> that was HISSING like a snake, I freaked. Visions of a psychopathic
> nocturnal rattler or a rabid monkey chewing my dog's leg went through my
> head. I finally saw what it really was -
> a hedgehog.
> Of course, my reaction was "what the f**k is a hedgehog doing in my
yard!!"
> My dog's reactions were barkbarkbarkbarkbark (guess what, suprise, it was
> the sheltie) and whycantieatitwhywhywhy (yeah, Dakota was trying to munch
on
> it.) One pair of gardening gloves and a cardboard box later and I had
myself
> a hedgie.
> Now what the *hell* am I going to do with it? I sent it off to my sisters
> 'cos I'm going to be at an agility trial all weekend. Anyone here happen
to
> have a hedgehog?
> Glad the cat wasn't the one who found it. The rat face he left for me last
> week was gross enough - this thing has too cute a face to eat.

> Christy

 
 
 

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Post by Stephan » Sun, 04 Mar 2001 21:58:14


If it is injured, most areas have a wildlife rescue.  Call and they
will arrange for pick up.  Or, call animal control and let them know
you have the hedgehog.  

Remember in *most* areas, it is illegal to keep a wild animal.  Keep
it separated from other animals....yeah that sounds like a no brainer
but diseases can be spread by saliva, and critters living on the
hedgehog.   Also, many wild animals die in captivitity.

Quote:

>When one hears hysterical barking in the backyard, one really should
>investigate. With a flashlight.
>Being slightly smarter than one of those ***s in the slasher flicks, I WAS
>dressed when I went out to see why the dogs were going nuts, but I left the
>flashlight behind. So when I saw them huddled around something on the ground
>that was HISSING like a snake, I freaked. Visions of a psychopathic
>nocturnal rattler or a rabid monkey chewing my dog's leg went through my
>head. I finally saw what it really was -
>a hedgehog.
>Of course, my reaction was "what the f**k is a hedgehog doing in my yard!!"
>My dog's reactions were barkbarkbarkbarkbark (guess what, suprise, it was
>the sheltie) and whycantieatitwhywhywhy (yeah, Dakota was trying to munch on
>it.) One pair of gardening gloves and a cardboard box later and I had myself
>a hedgie.
>Now what the *hell* am I going to do with it? I sent it off to my sisters
>'cos I'm going to be at an agility trial all weekend. Anyone here happen to
>have a hedgehog?
>Glad the cat wasn't the one who found it. The rat face he left for me last
>week was gross enough - this thing has too cute a face to eat.

>Christy

 
 
 

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Post by Cathi Newli » Sun, 04 Mar 2001 22:17:16


If you're in the US, its not a native animal.
I've owned one before. Where are you located?

Quote:

> When one hears hysterical barking in the backyard, one really should
> investigate. With a flashlight.
> Being slightly smarter than one of those ***s in the slasher flicks, I WAS
> dressed when I went out to see why the dogs were going nuts, but I left the
> flashlight behind. So when I saw them huddled around something on the ground
> that was HISSING like a snake, I freaked. Visions of a psychopathic
> nocturnal rattler or a rabid monkey chewing my dog's leg went through my
> head. I finally saw what it really was -
> a hedgehog.
> Of course, my reaction was "what the f**k is a hedgehog doing in my yard!!"
> My dog's reactions were barkbarkbarkbarkbark (guess what, suprise, it was
> the sheltie) and whycantieatitwhywhywhy (yeah, Dakota was trying to munch on
> it.) One pair of gardening gloves and a cardboard box later and I had myself
> a hedgie.
> Now what the *hell* am I going to do with it? I sent it off to my sisters
> 'cos I'm going to be at an agility trial all weekend. Anyone here happen to
> have a hedgehog?
> Glad the cat wasn't the one who found it. The rat face he left for me last
> week was gross enough - this thing has too cute a face to eat.

> Christy

--
Cathi Newlin,
North Mo Boxer Rescue
http://www.moonsgarden.com/~boxer411
MidWest Boxer Rescues
http://www.moonsgarden.com/~boxer411/mwbr

(660)382-5451
 
 
 

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Post by Christ » Sun, 04 Mar 2001 23:11:40



Quote:
> If you're in the US, its not a native animal.
> I've owned one before. Where are you located?

I'm in So. Cal. I'm pretty sure its a grown up "Pygmy Hedgehog" - people buy
them in Las Vegas and bring 'em over the border. It definitely isn't a
native species!

Christy

 
 
 

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Post by Christ » Sun, 04 Mar 2001 23:16:37



Quote:
> If it is injured, most areas have a wildlife rescue.  Call and they
> will arrange for pick up.  Or, call animal control and let them know
> you have the hedgehog.

> Remember in *most* areas, it is illegal to keep a wild animal.  Keep
> it separated from other animals....yeah that sounds like a no brainer
> but diseases can be spread by saliva, and critters living on the
> hedgehog.   Also, many wild animals die in captivitity.

I can't tell if it is injured, but I don't think it is - no obvious signs of
damage to the spiky outer layer <g> and what inner parts it let me see
looked intact and uninjured. It is tame - at least, I could pick it up and
after it relaxed it poked its little face out, crawled around, smelled my
hand etc. Our animal control would put it down, as I'm 99% sure it is
illegal. My sister's kids have a bunch of cages and aquariums so it is safe
from the other beasts at their house (and vice versa.)

Christy

 
 
 

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Post by Cathi Newli » Mon, 05 Mar 2001 00:12:50


That's exactly how/where I got mine (used to live in HB).
AC might not be a great resource...its probably an illegal pet in Ca and
they would destroy.
You might try calling Wildlife Way Station.

Quote:



> > If you're in the US, its not a native animal.
> > I've owned one before. Where are you located?

> I'm in So. Cal. I'm pretty sure its a grown up "Pygmy Hedgehog" - people buy
> them in Las Vegas and bring 'em over the border. It definitely isn't a
> native species!

> Christy

--
Cathi Newlin,
North Mo Boxer Rescue
http://www.grm.net/~boxer411
MidWest Boxer Rescues
http://www.grm.net/~boxer411/mwbr

(660)382-5451
 
 
 

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Post by James L. Rya » Mon, 05 Mar 2001 00:23:10


On Sat, 3 Mar 2001 15:12:50 +0000, Cathi Newlin wrote

Quote:
> (used to live in HB)

HB?

--
James L. Ryan, TaliesinSoft

 
 
 

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Post by Cathi Newli » Mon, 05 Mar 2001 00:33:08


Huntington Beach, Ca
sure do miss that place sometimes (sigh)

Quote:

> On Sat, 3 Mar 2001 15:12:50 +0000, Cathi Newlin wrote

> > (used to live in HB)

> HB?

> --
> James L. Ryan, TaliesinSoft

--
Cathi Newlin,
North Mo Boxer Rescue
http://www.grm.net/~boxer411
MidWest Boxer Rescues
http://www.grm.net/~boxer411/mwbr

(660)382-5451
 
 
 

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Post by Christ » Mon, 05 Mar 2001 00:50:19



Quote:
> That's exactly how/where I got mine (used to live in HB).
> AC might not be a great resource...its probably an illegal pet in Ca and
> they would destroy.
> You might try calling Wildlife Way Station.

Yep, I'm sure it would be destroyed. My sister has ferrets, same deal
w/them.
Any reason to think they can't just keep it as a pet? It is SO cute.

Christy

 
 
 

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Post by MaliTheAncie » Mon, 05 Mar 2001 01:28:04


Oh my........can I come see it?  I'm only 8 hours away!!!  

LMAO

I LOVE hedgehogs, although I have no clue about the care of one...but I will
learn.

WAIT!  The husband said no more animals <snaps fingers>  Darn!

That was a great story, though!  Had me laughing sooooo hard!  Since you're in
CA, you might want to be careful and check out if they are legal.  I know that
ferrets aren't here...but all the pet stores still sell all the ferret stuff
(is this a "duh move" or what?).  

Good luck with Hedgie :O)

Mali

 
 
 

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Post by Cathi Newli » Mon, 05 Mar 2001 02:05:29


No reason.
But they're nocturnal so not really interactive. A nice setup is a 20
gal tank with a shoe box or something to sleep in. Lots of meal worms
and a good quality cat food (Max Cat was what I fed). They will want to
roam at night and might keep her awake.
They're pretty shy, but do not tend to be aggressive.
I'm sure there's a book on them at amazon.com

Quote:



> > That's exactly how/where I got mine (used to live in HB).
> > AC might not be a great resource...its probably an illegal pet in Ca and
> > they would destroy.
> > You might try calling Wildlife Way Station.

> Yep, I'm sure it would be destroyed. My sister has ferrets, same deal
> w/them.
> Any reason to think they can't just keep it as a pet? It is SO cute.

> Christy

--
Cathi Newlin,
North Mo Boxer Rescue
http://www.grm.net/~boxer411
MidWest Boxer Rescues
http://www.grm.net/~boxer411/mwbr

(660)382-5451
 
 
 

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Post by Stephan » Mon, 05 Mar 2001 02:35:11


If it is a "legal" pet in your state, perhaps you could attempt to
find the owner.   You could place an ad in lost and
found...."found.."unusual" pet...call and describe"  that way no one
will know what it is and you will have a better chance of finding the
real owner.   I had a pet skunk many years ago.  Even though I was
very careful as to his whereabouts, my brother accidently let him get
out of the house.  Unfortunatly, skunks follow known paths and he got
hit by a car.  :-(  Whoever owns this hedgehog is probably looking for
him.
 
 
 

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Post by Earth2F » Mon, 05 Mar 2001 02:50:42


You know, it's funny--we're babysitting our neighbor's hedgehog for a few days.
She was just dropped off about an hour ago. She''s safely upstairs in my
sister's bedroom but for a good 15min after he was dropped off my Foxy (a pom)
would not quit whining and barking to be allowed upstairs to investigate, it
was really bothering him! He is usually a very quiet dog.

Funny, because he doesn't seem interested at all in the 30 gerbils in my
bedroom!

 
 
 

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Post by dianne marie schoenbe » Mon, 05 Mar 2001 03:53:30



Quote:
>But they're nocturnal so not really interactive. A nice setup is a 20
>gal tank with a shoe box or something to sleep in. Lots of meal worms
>and a good quality cat food (Max Cat was what I fed). They will want to
>roam at night and might keep her awake.
>They're pretty shy, but do not tend to be aggressive.

Yup, that was my experience with mine too. Cathi's right on
target. I used one of the newspaper-based kitty litters
for bedding & you'll need a gerbil-type water bottle too.
Also (since they're desert critters) I had a heat lamp
on the cage.

Even though they're not very pettable and not very
interactive, they *are* most certainly cute. Mine died
about 7 years ago now & I miss her :-(.

Dianne