Image of Biddy the Hedgehog via @BiddyTheHedgehog
Spikey and approximately the size of a tennis ball, my first encounter with a hedgehog was in college. Pulled from the cargo pocket of a friend’s pair of shorts (where the little ‘hog had been happily snoozing away during our drawing class), the sweet creature was met with intrigue and plenty of “oohs” and “ahhs.” At the time, hedgehogs were a rather rare animal companion to have, but these days — largely thanks to Instagram — it seems the prickly pets are everywhere.
While they certainly are cute, I’m apt to be wary when any animal becomes trendy to own. Like any pet, hedgehogs are a lot of work, and unfortunately many people may not realize that. For now, I’m perfectly fine following the adventures of Biddy the Hedgehog, above, from my Instagram feed (the little guy travels everywhere!), or watching Maruturo, below, crash through bowling pins on Vine — and maybe even picking up one of the cute hedgie-themed items on the site. With all this talk of hedgehogs, we’re wondering what YOU think: Would you take the leap to hedgehog ownership? Be sure to share in the comments!