The cutest animals of the Mediterranean

These cutie pies will make you smile, sigh and say, 'awww.'

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hedgehog hedgehog (Photo: Conrad Levac / Shutterstock)

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Hedgehog

This cute hedgehog was photographed at night in northern Israeli mountains. Hedgehogs are about the size and shape of softballs when they roll themselves up for protection.

And when that's not enough, spines are the main line of hedgehog defense; the animals erect them so they criss-cross and point in different directions. It takes a lot to make those beautiful spines jut out at you: spines make up 35% of this animal's weight!

But these animals aren't all pointy; hedgehogs have soft, white fur on their faces and bellies, which they typically keep neat and clean.

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