About a week ago, my Dad rescued this small hedgehog from the road after someone set fire to the woods around my house. Given how bad things look right now, we thought it'd be safer for the hedgie to come along. I named him Aristarchus, after the greek astronomer.
Now, as you can see from the picture, the first thing my dad fed him was a bit of sausage... Don't worry, I'm trying to feed him in a healthier way now.
I know nothing of hedgehog keeping, though I'm trying to learn quickly. I must confess, I'm scared I might hurt the little fella by doing something stupid. I always handle him with care, try to be as quiet as possible, don't shout, and I make sure I don't scare him.
He seems to be rather sociable, as he often lets me pick him up and give belly rubs, and eats from my hand most times. I read that I should play with him for about half an hour each day, and he seemed to enjoy as much - he never hisses, even those times when he gets a bit scared and jumpy.
Tonight however I might have played with him longer than usual and he changed his behaviour drastically - he started shifting around and trying to bite, and as soon as I let him on the ground, he started chasing my hands and feet. I tried offering a finger and he bit down harder than usual, though he left no mark. I got scared and left him in his room, and he resumed his nightly run.
Now I'm a bit worried. Does he hate me? Even when biting or chasing me he did not hiss at me, and even if he bit down hard, maybe he was just playing, and I reinforced this behaviour by scratching and rubbing his belly and nose, something which I always did these days. Problem is, he might have thought I was playing along, but I have no idea if he was or not.
The unusual reaction prompted me to search for more info, and I came here. I hope someone here can help me, because I really like this little guy and want to be his friend, but now I feel terrible thinking I might have offended or angered him.