A woman sharing the daily adventures of her pet hedgehog has thrilled the internet with a series of viral videos.
TikTok user misscutieclover shares the adorable videos that frequently gain thousands of views. This week, a video of Clover the Hedgehog taking a walk in the bath won hearts after being viewed more than 18 million times.
Clover lives with his owner in the UK, where European hedgehogs are native and protected as a vulnerable species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, with the number of hedgehogs in the wild declining since the 1960s.
But Clover is actually an African pygmy hedgehog, the smallest of the hedgehog species and the most common as a pet. They can measure up to 20 cm in length and live about 3 to 6 years in captivity. Unlike porcupines which have stiff quills, hedgehogs have smooth spines, similar to the bristles of a brush.
In a comment on another video, misscutieclover said, “Their quills are actually very smooth unless they feel threatened. That’s when their quills will come up and be a little more prickly.”
TikTok users poured in comments to share their joy at the video of Clover the Hedgehog. One commenter wrote, “This is the best thing I’ve ever seen,” while another commenter said, “Those little splashes are so cute to hear.”
Another viewer joked, “The new Sonic movie looks good.”
These solitary animals are natural omnivores, mainly eating small invertebrates like spiders and insects in the wild.
In the wild, they are known to travel great distances and are naturally nocturnal. It’s also worth noting that not all vets have experience with hedgehogs, so it’s important to make sure there’s someone qualified nearby to care for a pet hedgehog.
While 70% of all U.S. households own pets according to the American Pet Products Association’s (APPA) 2021-2022 National Pet Ownership Survey, hedgehogs are not a pet. very usual. In fact, in some parts of the United States, owning a hedgehog is illegal.
In the states of Georgia and California, it is illegal to keep them as pets. In Hawaii, hedgehogs are illegal as pets and will be confiscated wherever found.
Delighted with the video, viewers fell in love with Clover the Hedgehog. “Well, that really lifted my spirits,” one TikToker said.
Another commenter wrote, “I’ve watched this five times so far and can’t stop.”
“Soo stinkin’ cute,” said another viewer.
Newsweek has contacted misscutieclover for comment.