Baby animals are the purest things in the whole entire world. Don’t argue.

They’re so small and innocent and not yet ruined by the world. They’re bloody cute as shit, unless y’know, it’s a baby hedgehog. ‘Cos we’ve all learned this week that baby hedgies look a hell of a lot like wrinkly little ballsacks.

Or maybe lychees. Or teeny tiny durians.

Anyway, these little ballsack-lookin’ cuties graced the earth on the weekend and people can’t seem to not see the whole shrivelled nuts thing.

Ahh the bloody adorable tiny prickly beans.

Hedgehog owner Maura said that mama hedgie Winnie and her five little scrotes hoglets are happy and well, and the babs will be going to furever homes that Maura is checking are fit and good to be raising a little prickly pup.

Also LOOK at Winnie when she was about three weeks into her pregnancy. So precious. So rotund.

Winnie is expecting!! ???????? she looks about 3 weeks along. She should give birth in the next week or two! Praying for a safe delivery for my little angel.???? this was, unfortunately, an unplanned litter thanks to Rupert. However, Winona's very healthy and full grown now so we're expecting a good birthing. She's alone in a nesting box now with lots of water & high-fat food to help produce milk for the babies. We'll see how it turns out. Hedgehog breeding can be very difficult and stressful for the mom, and often she will reabsorb (eat) the newborns if she feels that it's not the right time to have babies. This seems horrific to us, but it's hedgehog nature. Rather than lose all the nutrients she put into the babies, she'll consume them if she thinks it's the best thing for her. This happens often with first-time mothers, so we can't really get our hopes up. We can only hope that Winnie makes the right decision for herself and has a safe birthing!❤

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Today I’ve also learned that hedgehog mamas will legit eat their babies if they think they’re not ready to be a parent yet. What…what the hell.

Anyway, look at Winnie and her five spiny little gonad children.

Mmm yeah still can’t get over the fact that they look like tiny little balls with a few days’ pube regrowth on them, hey.

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