The Internet Is Obsessed With This Pet Hedgehog Video: ‘So Cute’

A woman sharing her pet hedgehog’s daily adventures has delighted the internet with a series of viral videos.

TikTok user misscutieclover shares the adorable videos that often get thousands of views. This week, a video of Clover the hedgehog walking around in the tub captured hearts after being viewed more than 18 million times.

Clover lives with her owner in the UK where European urchins are native and protected as a vulnerable species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981, with numbers of urchins in the wild declining since the 1960s.

But Clover is actually an African pygmy hedgehog — the smallest of the hedgehog species and the most common as a pet. They can grow up to eight inches long and live about 3-6 years in captivity. Unlike porcupines with stiff spines, hedgehogs have smooth spines, similar to the bristles.

Commenting on another video, misscutieclover said, “Their spines are actually very smooth unless they feel threatened. That’s when their spines go up and are a bit more spiky.”

TikTok users flocked to the comments to share their joy over the Clover the hedgehog video. One commenter wrote, “This is the best thing I’ve ever seen,” while another commenter said, “Those little splatters are so cute to hear.”

Another viewer joked, “The new Sonic movie looks good.”

A stock photo of an African Pygmy Hedgehog on grass. A video of a pet hedgehog has swept the internet after viral attention.
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These solitary animals are natural omnivores and in the wild usually eat small invertebrates such as spiders and insects.

In the wild, they are known to travel great distances and are naturally nocturnal. Also, keep in mind that not all vets have experience with hedgehogs, so it’s important to make sure there’s someone around who is qualified to care for a hedgehog as a pet.

While 70 percent of all U.S. households own pets according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA) 2021-2022 National Pet Owners Survey, hedgehogs are not a common pet. In some parts of the US, owning a hedgehog is even illegal.

In the states of Georgia and California, they are illegal to keep as pets. In Hawaii, hedgehogs are illegal as pets and will be confiscated wherever they are found.

Delighted by the video, viewers fell in love with Clover the hedgehog. “Well, this really cheered me up,” said one TikToker.

Another commenter wrote, “I’ve watched this five times so far and I’m not stopping.”

“So stinkin’ cute,” said another viewer.

news week has contacted misscutieclover for comment.

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