Happy National Hedgehog Day!

Today we celebrate ... National Hedgehog Day! (Yep, the hedgehog shares a special day with the groundhog.)

In honor of these endearing animals, Lynnae G., a licensed veterinary technician from our large-animal department, kindly shared some photos and information about her two hedgehogs, Dexter and Hiro. 

From Lynnae:

Dexter

I have had Dexter for about four years. Dexter loves to snuggle and get belly rubs.

 Dexter: so photogenic! 

Dexter: so photogenic! 

He loves to run on his wheel and eat mealworms. While I was in vet tech classes, I would take Dexter with me every night. He made friends with everyone and even charmed an instructor into being his godmother. He would usually sleep in my shirt during class and sometimes he would cruise around the table looking for worms. 

 Dexter loves to cuddle ...

Dexter loves to cuddle ...

Hiro

I have had Hiro for almost four months. Hiro is a grumpy little boy but we are working on it. He is 3 years old, very curious and an explorer.

 Hiro wants a beard of his own!

Hiro wants a beard of his own!

His absolute favorite thing in the world is running on his wheel! He will run for hours and hours. It's how he keeps his handsome figure.

 Hiro stays hydrated after all that wheel-running

Hiro stays hydrated after all that wheel-running

He is a picky eater, and he leaves the pieces of food he doesn't like in his bowl for me to throw away.  

Thanks to Lynnae for putting this post together for us on Hedgehog Day! Want more hedgehog pictures? Read 12 things we can learn from hedgehogs.