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Old 03-16-2012, 11:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've noticed a few of Alaska's quills are sticking straight up even when she's calm. There's only three or four and they're not anywhere near to each other. When I touch them she jumps a bit and her quills start to raise, I'm afraid she's doing that because she's it hurts her, because if I touch any one other of the quills she's completely fine - they don't even raise a bit.
My friends that have seen it keep telling me to pull them out, which I don't want to do unless instructed by someone who can tell me why.
Is it normal or are they hurting her?
I'm known to be paranoid, so that could be it. I just don't want anything bothering my girl!
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Just a guess, it could be new quills coming in that aren't all the way out yet. Even when they're not actively quilling, hedgehogs shed occasional quills the way we shed hair, so they also grow in new ones to replace them - just at a much slower rate compared to actual quilling. I know from when Archimedes had all his adult quills coming in that they can't really be moved in different directions while they're still halfway stuck in the skin. If they're new quills that are only partway grown in, it would explain why those don't lay down flat with all the others - and it would also explain why it seems uncomfortable for her when you touch them. That there's three or four of them also matches about how many 'replacement' quills might be coming in at a time for an adult. Try looking at the base of those quills to see whether they're embedded in the skin. Quills that are fully grown in will be attached only at the very tip, which is what makes it so they can be spiked out in all different directions; quills that are partway coming in will have a wider area of the quill as the point where it's attached, not just the very tip. This would be my first guess if I noticed this kind of thing with Archimedes.
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It was my first guess as well, but I was able to look at the tip and they're attached just like the rest. :/
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There are some quills that just stick up funny. I definitely would not pull them, and to be honest, you probably wouldn't be able to pull them anyway - quills are stuck in there really good. It'd hurt a lot to pull one out.



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I assume the base of them looked normal overall, or you would've mentioned it after checking - so yeah, seems like they're just odd for whatever reason.
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:00 AM   #6 (permalink)
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There are some quills that just stick up funny. I definitely would not pull them, and to be honest, you probably wouldn't be able to pull them anyway - quills are stuck in there really good. It'd hurt a lot to pull one out.
Okay, that's what I though. I don't think I wouldve been able to pull them anyway, seems like it would hurt! Thanks
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