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Old 10-10-2011, 05:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there!

This is a friend's hog and she was able to get this video of her doing the twitching-action.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMa5KX7La64

Has anyone ever seen this before? Any suggestions?

According to my friend, the owner, she is eating and behaving normally except for this "twitching".
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Old 10-10-2011, 05:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Seems normal to me the hedgie is just a bit defensive perhaps nervous but well handled and twitching her visor, maybe even stretching it a little
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She looks perfectly calm and relaxed so is odd that she is flexing her head quills. Watch her closely and she is grimacing as her forehead quills flex. Also, she is not lowering her visor down as she would be doing if she were nervous. It's almost a sideways flexing.

It is not what I would consider normal. There may be something that is irritating her. First thing that comes to mind is maybe something in her ears. Is this a new behaviour? Can she be distracted and stop doing it? For instance, if you wiggle fingers in front of her face, what does she do? I'd watch her and see if she continues to do it and if so, I'd probably take her for a vet check.
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the gal just uploaded this FALL video 6 days ago it says on her you tube videos...

http://www.youtube.com/user/Existant.../4/phr_7KaIz08

doesn't happen to be the same hedgie is it? If it is and that is a new behaviour I would be getting her into the vet pronto. She hit that floor hard!
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sigh! I am so computer illiterate. I never would have thought to look at other videos by her.

I couldn't get the one falling off the bed to work but did look at the other ones and she is not doing it in any of the others. I agree, a vet visit, especially if this started after a fall.
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That was a hard fall I agree a Vet visit is in order.
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holy cow BAM!!!!! I TOTALLY AGREE!!!! that had to hurt poor baby hit hard.
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Lot of concern between that fall and a few other things on this hedgie, vet visit is a must
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I was stunned actually to see that video...I would be so embarassed at my stupidity that personally I would not upload a video like that unless it was for some educational purpose on what NOT to do.

Just watching that in conjuction with the McDonalds chicken nuggets eating and corn eating...makes a very fine case for NOT learning about Hedgehogs via you tube lol. Thank goodness for HHC!
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Lot of concern between that fall and a few other things on this hedgie, vet visit is a must
Didn't you say a few posts ago that it was normal?

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Seems normal to me the hedgie is just a bit defensive perhaps nervous but well handled and twitching her visor, maybe even stretching it a little
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