Woman Adopts ‘Vampire Hedgehog’, Becomes Instagram Famous in 3 Months

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Sir Hodge Huffington the Cricket Slayer, otherwise known as Huff, is a 3-year-old rescue African Pygmy hedgehog that resides in Utah with her owner Carolyn Parker.

Huff is distinguishable from many other hedgehogs by his conspicuous fangs that resembles that of a vampire’s. His endearing photos on Instagram have won the hearts of his nearly 23,000 followers.

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Parker found Huff at Quill Berry Hedgehogs pet breeder in Utah. She was informed that Huff had been treated poorly by a previous owner and given to Quill Berry. Parker told Huffington Post:

“His previous owner kept him for a year and rarely socialized or handled him. And only fed him apples. Now he is handled every day and is a lot healthier and in a much better mood.”

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Parker, who is a student, told Bored Panda the motivation behind her Instagram account:

“A lot of people in Utah struggle with seasonal depression — including myself. I started the account because I wanted to share something that made me happy with other people. Huff comes off as being grumpy and ‘huffy’ but is really lovable and cuddly on the inside. I think that’s why there is such a large fan base for hedgehogs … because a lot of people can relate.

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“I think that Huff likes being photographed because he always gets wax worms out of it.

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“I did my research before deciding to adopt him, but I am glad I did.

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“He’s brought a lot of extra happiness in my life.”

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Hedgehogs earned their name from their foraging methods and the pig-like grunts and squeals they make. They root through hedges and undergrowth to feed on small creatures such as insects, worms, centipedes and snails.

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Found in the wild in Africa, the African pygmy has been bred in North America as “domesticated pets.”

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They make sweet and loving pets when socialized with people. Hedgehogs will recognize their owner’s voice, scent and appearance if owners spend enough time interacting with their pets.        1

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