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Old December 8th, 2010, 08:12 PM
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Bintu - the hedgie

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I posted in the Introduction forum earlier, so here are some pictures of my girl, im getting her in about a week.

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Her mama
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Her papa
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Old December 8th, 2010, 08:52 PM
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cute!
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Old December 8th, 2010, 09:46 PM
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Interesting. Can you tell me more about them? Do they bond with humans?
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Old December 8th, 2010, 10:43 PM
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dracko - yep, they can bond quite well with humans. when a new person handles them for the first time they usually curl up in to a little ball, which contracts two strong muscles along their sides cause their spikes to stand up in all different directions. when they find a smell they like ( say you have something tasty on your had) or they just like the smell of you they do something called anointing, they form a slightly frothy saliva and then put it on their quills to make them have the same smell.

Within 36 hours of being born they have quills and by the time they are adults they have about 5000 quills. The quills not only protect them from predators but when they climb trees they arent very good at getting back down, so they curl in to a ball and the quills will bend on impact of the ground protecting them. the quills are made of keratin like our fingernails and they are hollow.

In the wild they are primarily insectivores but when they are kept as pets you can feed them a high quality cat kibble as their primary diet supplemented with meal worms and a few fruits and vegetables.

just a bit of information on them
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Old December 9th, 2010, 04:19 AM
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man does that bring back memories, I use to rescue hedgies when they first came into fad and then people realized you had to feed live worms etc, so many came in with kitty litter solidified to them, with respitory infections....but I loved having them and the daycare thought them amazing... thanks for sharing.
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Old December 9th, 2010, 09:45 AM
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thats sad to hear Melinda, some people just dont prepare and educate themselves on wat it take to care for an animal.
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Old December 9th, 2010, 10:17 AM
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thats exactly what it was, no one bothered with research, the pet shop showed them off to be perfect pets for kids etc etc.....
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Old December 9th, 2010, 10:28 AM
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Bintu is an absolute cutie, hedgiemama! I never realized the babies were that darling!! (I think the adults are pretty cute, too! )
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What a sweet little baby!!
I have always adored Hedgies. They're such wonderful little pets if you have the time to spend with them
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Old December 9th, 2010, 06:52 PM
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they babes are adorable hazel.

they look funny cause they have no hair for the first dew weeks
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hedgiemama, do you have any recent pics of Bintu? I love to see more of her
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