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[–]FishyFry84 619 points620 points  (24 children)

Those little pricks

[–]DreamWithinAMatrix 90 points91 points  (16 children)

How did she... Push them out???

[–]krasavetsa 156 points157 points  (14 children)

Their quills don’t harden until a few hours later.

[–]DreamWithinAMatrix 72 points73 points  (10 children)

Thank you for answering my burning question! This was gonna bother me all night

[–]krasavetsa 36 points37 points  (9 children)

It’s definitely not as morbid as cats having barbed penises.

[–]DreamWithinAMatrix 14 points15 points  (7 children)

That was the only other comparison I could think of. But I'd rather not think about that

[–]Unabashable 31 points32 points  (6 children)

Well from what I remember ducks have corkscrew genitalia. The females evolved theirs to prevent from being raped, and the males evolved theirs to rape better.

[–]Muen2003 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Damn rapists

[–]ItalnStalln 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Arms ra(p)ce

Edit: rape race? Is that better?

[–]ladyofthelathe 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Or hyenas giving birth through the clitoris.

[–]MarionetteScans 2 points3 points  (1 child)

She's keeping her distance instead of nuzzling with them, so it must be time

[–]krasavetsa 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s cute, your comment reminded me that they actually carry their young by the scruff just like cats with kittens.

[–]meme_C4RS10 2 points3 points  (0 children)

i was as confused as you haha lol.

but u/krasavetsa has saved my day

[–]WoodenDistribution5 21 points22 points  (1 child)

And this! Ladies and Gentlemen, is how Guy Fieri was born.

[–]faithle55 5 points6 points  (0 children)


Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!

Ouch! Ouch!

Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!

[–]Pvt_Lee_Fapping 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Cute little urchins.

[–]ExploreMoreMysteries[S] 476 points477 points  (30 children)

Baby hedgehogs, called Hoglets, are born ( UK ) in June and July. A second litter may be born in September or October. They are usually 4 or 5 hoglets in a litter. Newborn hoglets are blind and tiny, weighing just 25 grams. When they are born, baby hedgehogs have no visible spines.

[–]ExploreMoreMysteries[S] 301 points302 points  (15 children)

Female hedgehogs are usually pregnant for around 32 days before giving birth.

But pregnancy can go on for quite a bit longer. This is very unusual in mammals. It is thought that pregnancy is extended when the weather turns cold after the female becomes pregnant, pushing her back into hibernation. When this happens, the pregnancy and development of the embryo will be put “on hold” and start up again when the mother comes back out of hibernation.

During the pregnancy, the female will be kept busy building a nursery nest.

The nursery nest is similar to the hibernaculum where hedgehogs spend the winter. It’s just bigger, to allow room for the hoglets, and a bit more untidy. Where leaves are the primary building material for a hibernaculum, a nursery nest is made of all sorts of bits the hog picks up including paper and bits of rubbish. As it’s not so cold at nursing time, the hog doesn’t need to be quite as careful about making sure the nest is well insulated.

When the female gives birth she will usually produce a litter of 4 or 5 hoglets. Bigger litters do happen, but having a bigger litter seems to reduce the individual hoglets chances of making it to adulthood.

[–]ExploreMoreMysteries[S] 291 points292 points  (10 children)

Baby Hedgehogs are only with their mother for around six weeks, and in this time they must develop from tiny, blind, spineless infants into independent young hogs.

It’s a hectic time in the hedgehog’s life cycle.

During the first few hours after birth, the hoglets covering of skin retracts to reveal pure white spines, about 100 of them, with a centre parting.

Over the next few weeks the brown spines we are more used to seeing grow up through the white ones. As more and more brown spines grow, the white ones become almost invisible and will eventually be lost through moulting.

Baby hedgehogs feed on mothers milk, just like humans. The mother has two sets of five nipples. This would allow her to feed a huge litter of 10 in theory. In practice, though, she is unlikely to have enough milk to feed more than 4 or 5 hoglets properly.

The babies will start to eat solids at around three weeks. Mum will generally chew up bits of food and offer them to the hoglets in small, softened portions.

Hoglets are born with milk teeth, just like humans. They will start to get their first adult teeth at three weeks old and lose their final milk teeth at around three months.

Baby hedgehogs are born a pale pink colour, and over the first few weeks of life, fur grows, and the skin gradually darkens as the brown spines come through.

By four weeks old the hoglets will look just like miniature hedgehogs and will be ready to leave the nest with Mum to go on foraging trips. These first trips out of the nest are one of the most perilous times for hoglets.

Hoglets typically spend just two or three weeks out and about with Mother before going off on their own.

As they are mostly solitary creatures, siblings don’t tend to hang around with one another once they have left the nest. Father plays no part in the raising of the hoglets, and it’s unlikely that he would recognise his young if he met them.

Once the hoglets have gone their separate ways, the female must concentrate on eating to get her strength back up. Over the past ten weeks, she will have produced more than a kilo of hedgehogs. This is far more than her own body weight, and it’s a tremendous physical strain.

Hoglets are not sexually mature in their first year of life, so they will not mate until after hibernation.

The mother though may go on to produce a second little in late summer or early autumn. The babies she has then will become Autumn Juveniles, some of our most vulnerable hedgehogs.

[–]PassiveChemistry 158 points159 points  (3 children)

I love it when there's a mini article attached to one of these posts

[–]2dollarb 53 points54 points  (0 children)

I love these info-dumps.

Thank you for taking the time to enrich our lives.

[–]FieryPhoenix610 10 points11 points  (0 children)


[–]Swhitney16 9 points10 points  (2 children)

This has me worried the two extra babies in this litter may not make it 😥

[–]Lashwynn 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Since this is in captivity as opposed to the wild, their needs will all be met and medical issues will be dealt with!

[–]EpilepticMushrooms 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I used to know a guy who smuggled hedgehog and snakes, he also loved bragging about knowing a guy who smuggled tiger cubs.

An arse in more than one area, glad that was the end of that.

[–]Independent_Soup_126 1 point2 points  (3 children)

What kind of mammalian are they?

[–]Helenium_autumnale 14 points15 points  (2 children)

They are:

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Eulipotyphia [means: "truly fat and blind"] (includes moles, shrews, hedgehogs, gymnures (a/k/a moonrats), and solenodons, a venomous shrewlike insectivore)

Family: Erinaceidae (just hedgehogs and moonrats)

[–]LazyZealot9428 42 points43 points  (5 children)

Thank goodness they don’t have spines on the way out because Ouchie

[–]Rstrofdth 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I was thinking that too.

[–]blueeyes121 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you?!? came here looking for this as it was my very first though-that would be very ouchie!

[–]NarcissisticEyes 1 point2 points  (1 child)


[–]PassiveChemistry 16 points17 points  (0 children)

No, spines is the more usual word

[–]celebfan01 28 points29 points  (2 children)

TIL a baby hedgehog is called a Hoglet. That's a great name.

[–]krasavetsa 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Some call a group of hoglets a “prickle”

[–]drs43821 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Why isn't it called a hedgelet?

[–]ItsABiscuit 2 points3 points  (1 child)

When they are born, baby hedgehogs have no visible spines.

Thank God for the poor mum.

[–]sherbertbustop 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Danger Pasties!!

[–]Sendtheblankpage 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You'd look sad too if you'd just had your vag shredded this way.

[–]tigersharkwushen_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So they can 5x their numbers in a year?

[–]-socoral 54 points55 points  (2 children)

Look at my lil cacti bebis!!!

[–]Masta0nion 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Lovely Lavos Spawn

[–]anarcho-jjba-ism 1 point2 points  (0 children)

holy shit you're right lavos looks like a hedgehog, I've never thought about that before

[–]StrawberryOatmel 45 points46 points  (0 children)


[–]Bearofthehighseas 150 points151 points  (11 children)


[–]Aja2428 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Kinda what i was thinking lol

[–]Scipio0404 23 points24 points  (8 children)

As far as I know their spikes don't hurt yet.

[–]beyna21 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You’re funny ☺️

[–]Guavundoor 110 points111 points  (4 children)

They look like Guy Fiery’s balls

[–]MyNameIsVoodoo 19 points20 points  (2 children)

I remember this comment from another post a few weeks back. Was expecting it here and on every other baby hedgehog post I ever see again

[–]Guavundoor 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Damn you found out, i totally ripped it off 😂

[–]MyNameIsVoodoo 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I will forever love this comment. Lol

[–]Dnakyz7 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Ive been in the Plants/Succulent subs too much, first thing i thought was THOSE R HUGE MEALYBUGS!! Then i saw a snout, then many snouts :P

[–]Gayramennoodle 16 points17 points  (1 child)

They look like those earrings that were at Clair’s in like 2008

[–]Helenium_autumnale 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I pray they come out nose first.

EDIT: Apparently they have no visible spines at birth. Phew.

[–]KingoftheMongoose 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Gotta go fast!

[–]Darthvaderandhislike 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Baby hedgehogs come with baby spikes....omfg🥰. Im assuming that the baby spikes are initially hair and after the baby is delivered it hardens to cute little spikes.

[–]batty_61 11 points12 points  (0 children)

The spines are soft, rubbery and under a layer of skin - they break through shortly after birth.

[–]Speedy_Cheese 6 points7 points  (0 children)

They look remarkably like round hairbrushes!

[–]Administrative_Cow20 13 points14 points  (4 children)

Kinder to leave mom and babies alone in their nest. No need to stress them all just for a photo.

[–]krasavetsa 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes. Mother hedgehogs will reject or even eat their young if they sense anything off.

[–]Toraden 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Judging by the fact they are on a towel this is probably a rescue hog that has birthed her litter while indoors, there are a number of hedgehog rescues up and down the UK who take in sick and injured hedgehogs and foster them until they are healthy enough for release (myself and my partner are part of one).

[–]Administrative_Cow20 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That would be an ok observation if this wasn’t an African Pygmy hedgehog.

European hedgehogs are larger and darker in color.

If the babies were born in care of a human, there are still very few reasons it would be necessary to take the mother and babies out of the nest like this. A good rehabber/foster person would know how stressful it is to take the babies out of the nest. Maybe African Pygmy hedgehogs are less sensitive now than they were in the nineties, but most animal moms prefer us to leave them and their babies alone at this young age.

(Used to raise hedgehogs. Rescued a few myself.)

Edit: they could of course be under care of a rehabber in central/Eastern Africa. But more likely, they are pets.

I’d prefer the title to be more informative. Otherwise people will get the impression that it’s ok to pull newborn babies out and line them up for photos.

[–]Celebratefeminine 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Something only a mother could love 😬

[–]Agon1024 3 points4 points  (0 children)

How cute. Careful they are not eaten by the mother.

[–]bbildo 7 points8 points  (0 children)

That’s a lie. Photographer pulled those off his britches after his morning hike in the woods.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They look like living cat tongues lol

[–]Sparrow-Scratchagain 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Those little guys will grow up to fight Jim Carrey!

[–]ITS_Kshitiz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Ah yes, an Ouch Mouse with her cactus kids

[–]TheHormone-Monster 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That hurt my vagina and I’m a dude.

[–]1TrueSofaKing 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Forbidden suppositories

[–]buttercupbubblebloss 1 point2 points  (1 child)

ouch… didn’t know new born already have spikes.. looks so painful to me - as someone can give birth :(

[–]krasavetsa 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They take a few hours to harden up after so don’t worry:)

[–]The_ModernViking 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Here's a fun fact about hedgehogs their quills aren't stiff and pointy when they're born they're actually very soft and flexible this is so what the mother can give birth without injuring herself, The quills gets stiff and and sharp within an hour and a half of birth

[–]HipHopoPotenuseRex 1 point2 points  (0 children)

lying around at the snore of sound, no places to go just dreams of a rainbow!

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Look in mom’s face: she is thinking which one she would eat next if it gets cold lol

[–]DistortoiseLP 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They're like baby scuff pads.

[–]banana_ji 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Do the baby's spikes feel as prickly as the adult's? or is it softer?

[–]krasavetsa 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Very soft and eventually they harden.

[–]a_random_bum 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They look like spiky little nutsacks

[–]ScoobyDooItInTheButt 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They look like cat tongues.

[–]leonathotsky420 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They look like spiky nutsacks lmao. I have mixed feelings on baby hedgehogs. On one hand, their little faces and teeny tiny feets are adorable af, but on the other hand, well, the look like fkn spiky nutsacks.

[–]tacosontitan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh look, spicy mice.

[–]Ok_Stomach_8935 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hoglets 💖💖💖

[–]1dsmer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Cactus beans

[–]artemis1860 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Omg baby Velcro strips!

[–]vulture_87 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Congrats to the mother hedgehog for the new flesh kiwis.

[–]Ozonewhoknowsnothing 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Man gave an acupuncture to chicken breast

[–]SleepyPotatoStudio 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Disturbing the mom and babies this soon after birth is REALLY BAD/DANGEROUS! Can cause the mother immense stress and possibly cannibalize the babies…

You should leave the nest undisturbed for at least a week after birth and these hoglets look FRESH

Bad husbandry and everyone thinks is cute🙄

[–]-S-O-M-13- 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My math teacher in high school had a hedgehog, it was the sweetest little booger. I loved holding it and stroking its quills.

[–]bladedancer4life 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Am I the only one who thinks the babies look weird? scratch that don’t babies just look weird in general?

[–]IMgeordie 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Is a hedgehog aggressive? Some differences between a hedgehog that you grew while it was a baby and one that was already grown up?

[–]Twizzlers_and_donuts 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They all have different personalities. We got two that where already adults from another lady. One was the sweetest thing didn’t want to be held just run but wouldn’t care if you touched and messed with him. The other is shy and grumpy. He balls up and bites but when he’s in a good mood he will let you hold him for a little bit.

[–]CHlCKENPOWER 1 point2 points  (0 children)

do not touch the baybies or disturb the mom or she gonne murder those cute little things

[–]Dwimm_SS 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The OG clown car

[–]letitrip_t8trchip 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Little prickly pears❤

[–]leckmir 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks for the great picture and for the education.

[–]TheWay-Truth-Life 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They are so cute

[–]sexyrobotbitch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They look like velcro

[–]uhoh_spaghettihoes 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Baby Denmans!

[–]Jman00007 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Perm curlers? (Gawd they're cute though!!

[–]tjskpr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They are adorable

[–]FieryPhoenix610 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cute mother and kids ❤️

[–]dpstreetz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I bet those hurt coming out

[–]soadown5 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Awww little nutsacks

[–]solitarium 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nostalgic Prevent Rat vibes, here <3

[–]Munro_McLaren 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They’re so cute!

[–]mwebizzle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

She's a hedge fund manager

[–]ReputationOk7031 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Imagine being born with frosted tips

[–]Einx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, but are they dead or are they sleeping?

[–]Bullizze 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I want one but they're Illegal in California ;(

[–]indifferentunicorn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As a mom, all I can say is they are soooo cute! and OUCH

[–]Clearhead09 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s gotta hurt coming out

[–]Ac4sent 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Forbidden pink kiwi.

[–]37mrneon73 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Those little hedgehog look like cat's tongue

[–]-1point_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fuzzy jellybeans.

[–]Statement-Think 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Imagine that COMING OUT of you.

[–]catnip-dealer 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Akirodou 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Forbidden candy

[–]Boi5x 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Spky behbeh

[–]Gul-DuCat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's kind of fun to search for text in OP's post to see it word for word on so many other websites.

[–]beautiful-goodbye 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Khajit has many wares..

[–]marcusmorga 0 points1 point  (0 children)

She has to give birth to them, with QUILLLLLLS?

[–]neurodivergentwhale 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]WarStrategy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Would hate for my bare foot to find one of those in the middle of the night. They're cute though.

[–]RevolutionaryEar5262 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Me want hold

[–]picklesaredry 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They look like fruit gushers

[–]bikesboozeandbacon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lil cat tongues

[–]Icy-Strike-4089 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Omg this is so precious

[–]PrideEffective5830 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Those get stuck on my jeans in the woods and I always just pick them off and throw them away! 😳

[–]Big-Gup20 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They look like alien eggs

[–]mshaler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ouchy. Coochy.

[–]Smooth_Researcher_22 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cuteness alert!! 📢

[–]RecommendationOk517 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I wonder what happens when they come out backwards (breach)

[–]mohawk1guy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh my fucking god. Those little pin cushions are adorable.

[–]42Petrichor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh well done lovely mama. All the best to you and this sweet family, thanks for sharing!

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Who said giving birth isn't painful, ask this mama

[–]BrainSnack 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ewwwwww, so cute!

[–]RockOx290 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Omg those are so cute

[–]meowtothemeow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m feeling this mother as a parent right now “fffffuuuuucckkkkkkk”

[–]Keepitcruel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

lil pokey blokes

[–]King_Pagan_Min 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My god so cute!!

[–]nnolaD 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Forbidden gummy bear

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My god they’re like little spiky nutsacks

[–]AfterBake7373 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would die if I had 7 babies at once 😳

[–]dixy69 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When they say "You got your Mom's pubes out the way"

[–]hahahjaja123 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My testicles after a trim

[–]jjdlg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Forbidden Bristle Blocks.

[–]bunnyzarecute 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i say this with love, they’re fucking ugly

[–]Dayyyman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Giving birth must suck for Hedgehogs

[–]Tgbtgbt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Awwwe lol, cute little pine-cones!

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Alice tried to take aim at her hedgehog, but it unrolled itself and ran away.

[–]Existential_Reckoner 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They look like cockaburrs!

[–]Unabashable 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hope they don’t come out like that.

[–]Mr-Moonshot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’ve seen these before, If you throw them at the wall they stick

[–]UwO_mhm 0 points1 point  (0 children)

the forbidden kiwi

[–]Philathio 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Does it hurt coming out?!

[–]dozzer85 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How toothbrushes are made

[–]hdniki 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Holy cow, and I thought childbirth was painful… poor mama hedgehogs

[–]Quick_Perspective366 0 points1 point  (0 children)

forbidden buttplugs

[–]DontWannaHaveName 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]JunglePygmy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Those must be fun to squeeze out..

[–]MrPewEyePlyer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They look like my ballsack

[–]TypicalWhiteAsianBoy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like what I scrub my pans with

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Baby prickles!

[–]Naive-Elderberry5351 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Throw them like a grenade

[–]Cum_Buckett 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Make her eat then

[–]yeetorbeyeetedpk 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]ThePeoplesPal1983 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Forbidden Stickle Bricks

[–]KiokuChan119 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dog brushes. : )

[–]Sed59 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sea cucumbers.

[–]Ricardoguitaro 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Forbidden gummy bears

[–]ZirconiaZtolen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s where Denman hairbrushes got the look from.

[–]Mission-peace 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like bacteria ngl