Hedgehog self anointing
Hedgehogs encountering a new taste or smell display this amazing behaviour called ‘self-anointing’. They foam at the mouth and then contort their bodies as they spread the saliva onto their spines.
No one really knows quite why they exhibit this behaviour but it is amazing to watch. This video is of a baby hedgehog who is encountering a new type of food for the first time. He can’t contain his excitement! Note how long his tongue is!
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9 thoughts on “Baby hedgehog self anointing”
So pleased you like it!
D > That’s fascinating!
I have watched this twice – so incredible and endearing! What a way to express oneself!
Even the warning didn’t quite prepare my wife and I for that cuteness!
This little hedgehog is adorable! xxx
That is brilliant news! Quite mild at the moment though I think supposed to get colder next week again….
NB! Fresh hedgehog poo spotted under car on drive. Now putting out food for visiting hungry hogs.