🐾 Maybe the reason I love animals so much, is because the only time they have broken my heart is when theirs has stopped beating.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Getting into a Lather


Self-anointing seems to be triggered by smell or taste. The hedgehog twists and turns, stretching out its tongue to lick foam all over its body. My Hedgie used to sit on my chest, licking my skin until he started frothing at the mouth and then smearing it all over his quills. He would also do the same when he came upon a cigarette but in the grass.

This hedgehog has come across a well-worn leather shoe. After sniffing it for some minutes he is stimulated to self-anoint.


  1. Self-anointing is one of the most endearing traits of hedgies! Mine used to anoint with the rawhide bones I gave my dog. It's weird what they're drawn to, isn't it?

    Love your blog!

  2. Thanks Bunny, and glad to see you here. And yes, it's weird, but they are the most endearing little creatures.



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