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Old 02-21-2011, 03:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I couldn't think of a good subject title, this isn't about us owners having hedgehog nightmares, but hedgehogs themselves having nightmares. I know several members here have experienced the dreaded "death scream" from their hedgehogs only to find the hedgehog safe and asleep, but I seem to be having a different type of problem.

For the past three weeks, once or twice a week, Hester Sue has been letting out these horrid "whining" noises while she sleeps, obviously like she is hurt, and like others who have heard the death screams, my heart jumps, I rush to the cage, throw the covers off and check her, only to get an earful of displeased hissing because I disturbed her, usually followed by angry wheeling.

Maybe she is giving off the death scream, the only example we found on youtube is that one hedgehog who is really upset at the vets, and I know its been said that the hog sounds really horsed in the video.

But I'm just curious if anyone here has experienced this multiple times, seems like it was a once or twice thing with other members, and she's been doing it at least once a week, its to the point I'm not even checking (which is probably bad), I say her name really loud and she stops, and then she comes out and wheels for awhile. Its just strange, at least to me. I ponder what she is dreaming.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It may be the scream of death but it may also be that she is just a very vocal sleeper. Our Lily used to be so vocal in her sleep that we could here her on the main level of the house and their room is upstairs. Some of her noises were similar to the scream of death.
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