Just when you thought the Puppy Bowl  couldn't get any cuter, things get kicked up a notch this year with the addition of adorable hedgehog cheerleaders on the sidelines. Between fluffy kittens, wobbly pups, tweeting birds, and even piglets at last year's Puppy Bowl , hedgehogs will now be scrambling around in all the cuteness overload. Here's a collection of adorable hedgehog pictures, along with some fun facts about the cute little creatures, to gear up for their exciting addition to Puppy Bowl IX!
It's All in the Name
Hedgehogs get their names due to the unique way they forage for food. They root through the undergrowth in search of insects, worms, centipedes, snails — and even small mice, frogs, and snakes. While digging through the hedges, the cute creature emits pig-like grunts.
The baby hedgehog is born with its spines just under the skin. The spines emerge two to three days after birth.
Even with an outer coating of stiff, sharp spines that help protect them in the wild, pet hedgies are easily handled and enjoy the interaction. When sleeping, the hedgehog curls up, turning itself into a spiky ball that's not appealing to predators.
Along with being super cute, hedgehogs are great pets, especially for homes with securely fenced yards. This allows hedgies to do what they do best — forage for garden pests!
When the weather's warm, hedgehogs love being outdoors. But when temperatures dip, this little creature enjoys a season of hibernation. The animal rolls into a ball, drops its body temperature, and happily slumbers until Spring. Pet hedgies will not hibernate thanks to homes staying comfortably warm all year round.
Even though hedgehogs prefer the solitary life, living separate from other hedgehogs in the wild, they are able to form strong bonds with humans and other pets in the home. And hedgehogs will use a litter box if one is provided.