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Do hedgehogs make good pets?

No, our hedgehogs in the UK certainly do not make good pets. Hedgehogs are wild animals, and belong just there, in the wild.

Some hedgehog carers will take in injured or sick hedgehogs, but with the intention of reintroducing them back into the wild. If, this is not possible due to severity of the case, they will cared for permanently for their few years.

Some international species of hedgehogs have however, been domesticated so that they can be sold as pets in the UK. The most commonly sold, and often confused with the European hedgehog, is the African pygmy hedgehog.  Find out more about caring for exotic pets here before you consider owning one yourself.

Know your hedgehogs: African Pygmy vs West European

Know your hedgehogs: African Pygmy vs West European

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