Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The "in" pet

Forget about labradoodles and pugaliers there's a new designer pet on the market - African pygmy hedgehogs. reported the cross between Algerian and white-bellied hedgehogs were fetching as much as £150 ($320) each and expectant owners were waitng up to a year for them to become available.

Breeder Bonnie Martin told the hedgehogs were incredibly cute and could fit in the palm of your hand.

"They are just as cute as a hamster or a guinea pig but they have the added 'wow' and novelty factor," she said. "They are a very easy pet to handle and cheaper to maintain than a cat."

The website reported wildlife hospital worker Les Stocker as saying the domestication of hedgehogs was "absolutely appalling".

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