Friday, September 30, 2011

Lock Me Up Before I Start Acquiring Hedgehogs

On Hedgehog Central , I found the following:

"Because they are quiet, they are very easy to travel with. Most people aren’t even aware that a pet hedgehog is nearby. Many hotels that restrict other animals such as cats and dogs will allow hedgehogs."


Now I just have to figure out how I can get my husband to let me have one, so that we can go on a road trip and stay at Motel 6 with it.

I will need to come up with a permaculture or urban homesteading sort of justification. Perhaps, if we needed bristles, say in order to make our own....toothbrushes.

I'm not holding out much hope. Mike seems to have decided that we can't have any new pets that he won't get to eat eventually (a longer explanation of this will follow in a later post). I'm pretty sure people don't eat hedgehogs, and I don't think I would want one if I had to stick it in the crock pot.

But just look at that face.

How can you say no to THAT?

UPDATE 10/1:

Save the hedgehogs from global warming!!!! Now it is more important than ever that I take care of the hedgehogs. Just look what global warming has done to them!!!


  1. See??? Anyone would want one. It's the obvious choice. Especially since they're so easy to travel with. I checked on and almost all the hotels specifically mention that they accept hedgehogs. You can't go wrong.

  2. My daughter wants a pet hedgehog. She just turned 18 and started college. I bought her a stuffed plush one. She named it Noland. He travels with her in her backpack. I'm not sure if real live hedgehogs are even allowed as pets in the State of California. If they were I would buy her one.

  3. We should all join California's "Legalize It" campaign. And by it, I mean hedgehogs. Obviously.

  4. From the London Daily Telegraph: Ancient and Modern Hedgehog-Recipes

    Ancient recipe for roast hedgehog:

    Gut one freshly killed hedgehog.

    The animal should then be seasoned and prepared for cooking; pressed in a towel until dry, then either encased in clay or wrapped in grasses.

    The meat should then be roasted and served with cameline sauce.

    Modern "road kill" recipe for Hedgehog spaghetti carbonara (serves four)

    500g spaghetti, 30ml olive oil, 250g lean hedgehog, 1 medium onion (chopped), 125ml water, 60ml dry white wine, 4 eggs, 60ml double cream, 100g grated parmesan cheese

    • chop hedgehog into small chunks
    • beat eggs and cream together in a bowl. Add half the parmesan cheese
    • put pasta in boiling water
    • put onions and hedgehog chunks in pan with olive oil on medium heat until onions are almost clear
    • add wine and reduce heat
    • drain pasta when cooked, combine it with egg, cream and cheese mix
    • add meat, onions and wine without draining fat and mix thoroughly
    • garnish with remaining parmesan
    • serve immediately

  5. Well, that's all fine and good, but Mike and I are lactose intolerant. Can't you find a dairy-free, gluten-free recipe for hedgehogs?

    Mom and I almost went searching for a baby hedgehog today in Santa Fe, so that we could tell Mike that we just found him wandering around, and SOMEBODY had to take care of him. Then we were going to stick him in the slow cooker and get Mike.

    THEN we could have used a hedgehog recipe. Maybe an Aryuvedic one...

  6. I can only imagine what you would have said if your Dad suggested a roasted hedgehog recipe oh about...... 20 yrs ago? LOL -KH

  7. Oh, well — I now have it on record: "Hedgehogs: 'When you get in it's all fatty meat. It's not nice but okay if you like eating fatty foods.'"


  8. The skunk looks much nicer, really.

  9. I had a hedgehog when I was in high school. Let me clarify something, THEY ARE NOT QUITE! No they don't actually make noise like dogs or ducks, but they are nocturnal animals that like to dig and scratch and generally make as much noise as they possibly can while the rest of the household is trying to sleep. We had ours in the living room, well away from my bedroom, and he still kept me up all night. They are very cute, and fun to show off, but they are not cuddly and ours was kind of a dick. He would hold his poop in until someone picked him up, then he would crap in his/her hand. I guess I can’t blame him. As I mentioned before they are nocturnal, so during the day when we wanted to play with him he was usually asleep. I would probably do something as spiteful as crapping in the hand of a giant who was constantly waking me up and trying play.

  10. Well, I guess I might as well know this now instead of AFTER I have a hedgehog, which is the usual way this would go...


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