Hedgehogs Are Totally Trending Right Now — Let’s Discuss

1724797_247089562139038_230548999_nImage of Biddy the Hedgehog via @BiddyTheHedgehog

Spikey and approximately the size of a tennis ball, my first encounter with a hedgehog was in college. Pulled from the cargo pocket of a friend’s pair of shorts (where the little ‘hog had been happily snoozing away during our drawing class), the sweet creature was met with intrigue and plenty of “oohs” and “ahhs.” At the time, hedgehogs were a rather rare animal companion to have, but these days — largely thanks to Instagram — it seems the prickly pets are everywhere.

While they certainly are cute, I’m apt to be wary when any animal becomes trendy to own. Like any pet, hedgehogs are a lot of work, and unfortunately many people may not realize that. For now, I’m perfectly fine following the adventures of Biddy the Hedgehog, above, from my Instagram feed (the little guy travels everywhere!), or watching Maruturo, below, crash through bowling pins on Vine — and maybe even picking up one of the cute hedgie-themed items on the site. With all this talk of hedgehogs, we’re wondering what YOU think: Would you take the leap to hedgehog ownership? Be sure to share in the comments!

About Julie O.

A lover of all things vintage and vintage-inspired, Julie bought her first 1950s frock in the fifth grade. Since then, Julie has become a self-described connoisseur of vintage and thrift shopping, which she shares on her blog, Orchid Grey. When she’s not scouring the racks for the perfect vintage skirt, this native New Englander can be found deftly navigating the slopes of a ski mountain, taking road-trips to the beach, and exploring new places with a vintage camera in her hand.

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5 Comments

  1. Alexandra Marie 04/29/2014 at 2:07 pm #

    Umm, could he be much stinkin’ cuter?! What a little doll!! I have a wee hedgie necklace- he is called Sebastian <3 Alex

  2. Julianne 04/29/2014 at 2:29 pm #

    Marutaro!!! <3

  3. Mimi 04/29/2014 at 2:55 pm #

    I wanted a hedgehog pretty badly for a while! They’re illegal in my county, though, so I couldn’t get one. Recently I adopted a bunny and I have fallen in love– so no hedgie for me for quite a while. Perhaps when I have kids they’ll want one…
    Wouldn’t mind more hedgehog things on the site, though! I have several plushes and a necklace, t shirt, and pajama pants. Maybe it’s time for a skirt or dress. 😉

  4. mallorymaecmcl315 04/30/2014 at 2:17 am #

    My fiance and I want a pet besides my giant lake fish that I keep and we can’t have a cat or anymore dogs because I have 5 that live with my mom so we are going to take the leap and get a hedgehog. My bestfriend and her husband have one and they take it everywhere with them and it is such a loving little pet. It’s a lot of work but they give you much more of a reward as opposed to rabbits and hamsters. Much more intelligent too.

  5. Paula Williams 05/01/2014 at 11:38 pm #

    Hedgehogs are so adorable! I’m so glad that they’re already starting to get recognize in their natural form instead of just being “Sonic the Hedgehog”.

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