Baby hedgehog hoglet self-annointing – warning: super cute video!


Hedgehogs encountering a new taste or smell display this amazing behaviour called ‘self-annointing’. 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 encounting 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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