European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) are cute. Even cuter are European hedgehog babies, or hoglets. This video shows cute European hoglets sneezing, which just adds another layer of cute. Can you stand it?
The European hedgehog is a wild animal and not frequently kept as a pet like the African hedgehog. The African hedgehog that is kept as a pet is quite a big smaller than the European hedgehog, although both species are mainly nocturnal and are insectivores.
Many British are protective of the European hedgehog, which prompts warnings to check woodpiles before starting any bonfires (hedgehogs are known to use woodpiles for dens) and to generally be on the watch for hedgehogs. There are also organizations, such as the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, that are dedicated to helping wild hedgehogs.
This video is from Wildlife Aid, which helps many types of wildlife.
Baby hedgehogs rely heavily on their mother until they are weaned at 6 to 8 weeks old, so it’s lucky these three abandoned hoglets were found and are being helped by Wildlife Aid. The video shows the three getting a quick exam and sexing (it turns out there are two boys and a girl), and then being marked and fed. Marking is needed so the rescue can tell them apart and track their progress.
It’s actually unclear whether the hedgehogs are sneezing or hiccupping, but whatever they are doing, it’s an adorable moment that got recorded.