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Old 01-18-2013, 02:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Adopting a new Prickly Baby!

Hello Everyone! I haven't been posting much the last two weeks, I lurk around and keep trying to absorb more information, but I haven't had anything to post... other than how PERFECT my baby boy is! As some people noticed I was obsessive in preparing for him and my transition into hedgie motherhood has been smooth. I've found a comfortable routine for cleaning the cage, and handling him.
Then last night I had a VERY intresting change of routine. I was contacted by a local reptile breeder who has a rescue hedgie looking for a home. He runs a fantastic pet store nearby, but doesn't believe that hedgies are appropriate pet store animals. He came across a young lady on craigslist selling her hedgie for $25, and being an animal lover (and hedgie pet owner himself) he went into protective mode trying to find out what was happening to the little man. Turns out she got bored after learning he was going to be a lot of work and left him in the cage with bowls of food and didn't touch him again. He went and got the poor little guy and has had him at his house for a month while he observes him. Last night he contacted me to see if I would be willing to take him, as he doesn't have the time or space to keep him long term. Of course I said yes, and went into question mode. Here is what I know so far:
He is very overweight
He got a clean bill of health from the vet
He had a month long quarantine without issues
He is a boy (duh )
He is being called Fatty Arbuckle
He is very friendly

I am going to pick him this afternoon and will update again. Is there any advice people can think of? I will keep him separated from my other little man.
Could someone give me a list of things to include in a first aid kit?

For anyone worried that I am not qualified to take on a rescue, don't worry! I am not doing this alone. I am being mentored by a long-time hedgie owner and certified wildlife rescuer. I am not afraid of putting in hard work for any living creature. I keep some money in my savings specifically for any vet emergency. I do have a trusted vet who has experience with hedgies. I also have a credit care if (universe please forbid) I ever needed extra for a last minute emergency. Also his original rescuer, the store owner, will stay in contact and help me through.

Sorry this is so long, I don't shut up when I'm anxious!
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."
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"Until one has loved an animal, a part of ones soul remains unawakened."
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