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Hedgehog Babies! October 28, 2010

Posted by bsciencecenter in Uncategorized.

The Science Center recently adopted a young hedgehog from the Museum of Science.  To our surprise, one of the Science Center aides had noticed that she gave birth to 2 babies!  Each newborn is about 1-2 inches long.

Click below to see a video of the babies:

Hedgehog mothers are extremely protective of their young. As a result, we can not disturb her or the babies for 2-3 weeks.  We were also able to get some quick photos of the babies before she returned to the nest.

At birth, the hoglets are about one inch long, blind, naked and completely dependent on their mother. They have a fluid covering their spines and as the fluid dries and shrinks, the spines will begin to poke through. These first spines are very soft and hair-like. The first hard spines do not grow in for another two weeks. While nursing, the babies will line up along their mothers belly, similarly to puppies and kittens.  The babies grow very rapidly.

We are very excited to watch our hedgehog’s babies grow!  We will be sure to keep you updated on their progress.

Check out the websites below to learn more about hedgehogs.





1. MomOfJTE - October 28, 2010

The overall comment here at our house … “That is so cool!!!!” My thoughts exactly!

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