Watch these adorable baby hedgehogs enjoy their first 2 weeks of life
After their pregnant mom survived a car accident, these cute creatures are thriving.
Hedgehogs are nocturnal creatures, often gallivanting around at night. So it wasn't unheard of when a late-night driver accidentally hit one crossing the road recently. It was then that the fine folks at the Ramat Gan Safari near Tel Aviv and the Israeli Wildlife Hospital jumped into action. They brought the hedgehog in for emergency surgery. While performing an x-ray on the spiny mammal, they discovered something – she was pregnant with quintuplets.
The veterinarians gave her fluids and nursed her back to health, eventually helping her give birth to five adorable baby hedgehogs in March. As you can see in the video below, the babies are weighing in and seem to be doing just fine.
This little guy even seems to be attempting to fly...
But, boy, do these little ones grow up fast. Just two weeks later, they're almost completely unrecognizable. As you'll see in the video below, watching these hedgehogs lap up milk should be our new screensaver. It's completely mesmerizing, and almost meditative.
We're certainly thinking of adding this hedgehog mom to our list of amazing mothers of the animal kingdom. In the meantime, another animal nonprofit in Israel is trying to help prevent accidents like this from happening again in the future. The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), the country's largest nature protection agency, is currently working with the GPS app Waze to help motorists avoid areas that are heavily trafficked by wildlife.
As well, scientists around the world have been creating wildlife corridors near existing roads. These nature highways help entire ecosystems expand and thrive despite their close proximity to humans. For example, on the Trans Canada Highway that cuts through Banff National Park, a series of overpasses and underpasses have been built to solve the problem of frequent car-wildlife collisions. So far, naturalists have documented 140,000 animals crossing the highway using the bridges.
As for hedgehogs, it seems some of them just can't seem to stay out of trouble. In 2006, several McDonald's in London made headlines for changing the design of their McFlurry containers. Why? Because after significant research and testing, not to mention a campaign by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, the fast food chain wanted to make their containers more hedgehog-friendly. Previously, hedgehogs would get their heads stuck in the container as they tried to lick the remaining ice cream from inside the cup.
Back in Israel, the veterinarians helping the hedgehogs say that when the babies are well enough, they hope to release the entire family back into the wild. Once there, we can only assume, they'll meet up with their long-lost cousin, Sonic the blue anthropomorphic hedgehog.
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