Everybody know February 2nd is Groundhogs Day and we wait each year to find out what Punxsutawney Phil has to say about the end of winter, but did you know it's also Hedgehog Day? I wanted to find out what these little spiked creatures might be able to tell us about our weather so I headed over to Mrs. Tiggy Winkle's Hedgehogs in Lewisville.
Amanda Wolley is the owner of Mrs. Tiggy Winkle's and she brought out several African pygmy hedgehogs for me to see. Wolley is the only registered and USDA licensed breeder in the area, and she is also one of the only hedgehog rescues in the country. She sees about 100 rescued hedgehogs each year. Some from illegal backyard breeders and others from people who decide they no longer want them.
The bristly little creatures are cute and have quite a personality, but Wolley says they don't predict the weather. She did say that their activity is a sign that it's a warm day out because if it gets too cold for them they just curl up and sort of hibernate until the weather is more suitable.
While Phil the groundhog says we have six more weeks of winter, Karl Pilkington, Joey and the babies all seem to indicate by their activeness that what little winter we have had may be over because most of them were quite active.
My guess is Spring will start on March 21st. Now I just have to keep my youngest from seeing this story and wanting a hedgehog of his own.
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