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Old 11-19-2014, 03:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The first hedgehog I ever met.

The first hedgehog I ever met was a very patient little guy.

I met him when I was in grade two -- actually, it was a grade 1/2 split class.
We also had a student teacher (aka teacher-in-training) in our class, and she had a pet hedgehog. She brought him in one day to show the class.

We all sat in a circle and she told us a little bit about her pet. She told us that they were shy, so we all needed to be very quiet. Then she reached into her dog carrier and pulled out a vibrating ball of spikes and placed it on a blanket on the floor. The hedgehog first hissed and protested, but then he lazily unballed and began sniffing the air. He really didn't seem frightened, more like bewildered... :P

Then she asked if anyone wanted to hold him. Most of the kids seemed a bit frightened, but I wasn't. I was instructed to make a cup with my hands, and the student teacher scooped him up and placed him in my hands. At first, he made a bunch of hissing sounds, but then a little nose poked out, and a foot fell out, and then another, and then he was completely unballed and just looking around the room. I remember that I didn't like how his back legs looked... xD They kind of grossed me out... weird pale little legs. :P

After I held him, all the other kids wanted to get a chance... He was handed off to about 10 other kids before his owner finally said that he was "sleepy" (he wasn't unballing anymore by about the third kid) and put him back. Then the teacher made everyone wash their hands.

I completely forgot about him until just a little while ago.
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THAT IS SO CUTE!!! What a nice story haha!
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Your story made me smile
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That's so sweet!
I just brought Sprinkles into my daughter's grade 1/2 split class at the beginning of the month, and did much the same thing - except nobody wanted to hold her, because she kept scrambling around on my lap and popping; but almost every kid wanted to come up and meet her one on and gently touch her once I explained that she was just really nervous of all the huge, maybe scary giants that might want to eat her
I'm pretty sure that at least 3 kids went home and started nagging their parents for a pet hedgehog as a result, because I've had a couple people come and ask me about them now.
Slowly doing my bit to help our little pals take over the world!
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