The Internet has spoken. The week-old hedgehog in this video is the most-adorbz quilled mammal in the history of hedgehogs or videos…or the Internet.
“OH GOD ITS CUTER THAN A PUPPY AND A KITTEN TRYING TO SLEEP IN THE SAME SLIPPER,” wrote YouTube commenter Wars0ngGlutch.
Handsome748, another YouTube junkie, was even more generous with praise, commenting “omgggggggg I'm crying cause its the cutest most precious thing I've ever seen love it.”
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Yet the crème-de-la crème of YouTube comments goes to ItsAllisonMariee, for her quick, pre-death analysis: "oh my goodness! i died 'cause adorable!"
Uploaded to YouTube on July 23 by user ninjalizard123, the short clip shows what can only be described as a domesticated hedgehog. I didn't go to Hedgehog School, but I'm fairly certain Sportscenter cannot be heard in the background of a hedgehog's natural environment.
This little fella—can we be original and not lazily name him Sonic?—is surely set for a life of pomp and circumstance, where hand-feedings, weekly quill clippings, and tummy rubs are the norm.
His newborn hedgehog peers, those born in the wild, must surely be jealous, for their first few weeks and months are undoubetedly a scarier, deadlier existence. According to National Geographic:
The young born each year, in litters ranging from one to eleven, remain with their mothers for only four to seven weeks before heading out on their own. Among the predators females must guard against during this period are other male hedgehogs, which will sometimes prey upon the young of their species. Hedgehog mothers have also been known to eat their young if the nest is disturbed, though they sometimes simply move them to a new nest.
Is this the cutest hedgehog video you've ever seen? Please discuss.
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An Angelino by way of Wilkes-Barre, PA, Sal holds a Political Science degree from George Washington University. Though he began his career in sports, he's written about all things environment since 2007. @SalCardoni | Email Sal | TakePart.com