So, due to it being spring break, I’m visiting my mom for a few days this week. Naturally, I had to bring the hedgehog with me, because he’s so cute and loveable and adorable and I knew their hearts would melt. Well, that and the fact that I don’t think I could possibly leave the guy alone ❤

So to get him used to people and being handled and such, I took him out of his tank a few times. Today I got pictures though, so I figured I’d share…

Note: These pictures were taken with my sister’s cell phone camera with a hedgehog that refused to stay still. If I had been thinking clearly, I probably would have gone and grabbed her actual camera, but I wasn’t. And actually, her real camera is pretty old, so her cell camera might actually be better…

So, I let him out on the couch, because there are 4 cats living at my mom’s, so I didn’t want them pouncing on him or anything. My little sister was hanging on the couch. He got interested in her pocket.\

Hedgie looking into my sister's pocket

Sh decided to undo the button, to see what he’d do.

Hedgie looking in her pocket again

He started gnawing on her pocket!

Hedgie gnawing at her pants

If you look closely, you can tell he’s biting at her pocket. You can see part of his jaw outside her pocket and everything!

He liked hiding from us!

Hedgie climbing under fleeceHedgie hiding under the fleece, all wrapped up!Here he’s hiding under a piece of fleece I had been giving him to play with!

So, I had to be creative and sneaky with my picture-taking!


Secret picture attack from the side!



Eventually, he calmed down a bit, and started running all over the couch!

Hedgie coming out from under the fleecePeek-a-boo!

Sniff sniff sniff!Sniff sniff sniff. He sniffs everything.

sniff sniff sniffMore sniffing!

Sniff sniff sniff!More sniffing!

Hedgie smelling my sister's handHe even sniffed my sister’s hand!

Sniffing at a crack in the couchHe sniffed at a crack in the couch. He tried to burrow down in there, but we stopped him!

Eventually he went and hid under his fleece and refused to come out no matter how much we tried to coax him. So I put him in his tank. Then, I figured, since it’s all nice and clean ’cause I changed out his bedding and gave him a clean towel, I should share a picture of it!

Hedgie in his tank, drinking waterThe lighting was weird in this part of the room, so I had to use a flashlight, which gives it the eerie blue glow. He was drinking from his water bottle. You can see his little dish of cat food, and the dish of strawberries I gave him to see if he liked it. There are some tubes, a litter box I’m trying to train him to, and a towel for him to hide under. ❤ I’m hoping to make him some nice liners once I figure out my handheld sewing machine, to minimize the amount of mess from bedding (he likes to get his head stuck in a tube and throw his bedding out of the tank. Makes a HUGE mess, and wastes so much bedding!) There’s also I wheel I got him, which isn’t in there at the moment because he doesn’t run in it that much and I need to take his tubes out to get him to even look at it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of I love my hedgehog. Hopefully, my camera will be un-busted soon, so that I can get some better pictures of him.

And oh, for anyone wondering about what his name is? He has 4 names, which are used interchangeably depending on how the person addresses him is feeling. They are: Taji Bear (the name he came to me with),  Hedgie-puu (generic name for any hedgehog), Hedgifer McHedginton Esquire the 4th (often shortened just to Hedgifer, which, when not capitalized, can be used as a non-proper noun for any hedgehog),  and Moridin (evil guy from the Wheel of Time series, usually used when he’s frustrating me, but sometimes used just because I like the way it sounds).