The Albino Hedgehog Who Loves To Eat!

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Snowball is a rare albino hedgehog, with a small problem - He loves to eat! So much so, that the tiny creature's weight has 'snowballed', tipping the scales at 1.5kg (3.3lbs), or about three times the weight of a normal hedgehog.

Luckily the spiny mammal, who has apparently been stuffing himself with dog food left outside homes, is getting some help.

A concerned citizen, checked him into Tiggywinkes wildlife hospital in Buckhinghamshire, where he has been placed, on a strict diet and exercise program!

Each morning, the chubby hedgehog is taken to the center's hydrotherapy pool, where he 'swims' for exercise. As for food, Snowball is now relegated to eating low-fat kitten biscuits, instead of the yummy rich dog food he loves to gorge on. This strict regime is sure helping - for he has already lost 38grams of his excess fat,

The hospital plans on keeping him there until the summer, after which, they will release the slimmed down critter, to a protected area for albino hedgehogs - where there is hopefully no dog food!

Albino hedgehogs, born without melanin pigment in their skin, eyes or spikes, are a rare breed, with only one in 10,000 born with this condition. While normal hedgehogs have a lifespan of between 4-7 years. albinos are vulnerable, because of their lack of color, which makes them east to spot by predators- At least Snowball will not have that problem!

sources:telegraph.co.uk. wikipedia.org, mirror.co.uk

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119 Comments
  • izzyhedgehogMonday, May 20, 2019 at 6:42 am
    omg i love hedgehogs
    • lilylovesterMonday, May 6, 2019 at 7:06 pm
      my heagehog died but i got a new one
      • savuguto-154713103922
        savuguto-154713103922Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 12:54 pm
        hedgehog's are CUTEEEE
        • kelsyThursday, October 25, 2018 at 6:17 pm
          i love to eat and got a pet heagehog
          • joetown
            joetownMonday, October 8, 2018 at 3:06 pm
            hedgehogs is cute.
            • Best friend Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:41 am
              I love to eat too! Everyone likes to eat.🍝🥨🍦
              • anoumyousgamer
                anoumyousgamerMonday, September 17, 2018 at 8:47 am
                i love hedgehogs i have 2 sister and yamasaki SOOO CUTE >:3
                • sonicMonday, September 10, 2018 at 6:18 am
                  loves chipotle
                  • spykitten
                    spykittenSunday, July 29, 2018 at 2:34 pm
                    SO CUTE!
                    • ajg16
                      ajg16Friday, July 27, 2018 at 7:35 pm
                      SO. ADORABLE.