29 May '15, 8pm

Pet hedgehogs are a prickly issue for some states

In 2013, 11-year-old Georgia resident Bella Hayes fell in love with hedgehogs after watching YouTube videos of the tiny, quilled animals. “They’re so cute, they’re tiny, and they’re sweet,” she told the Athens Banner-Herald . When she learned that pet hedgehogs are illegal in Georgia, she got in touch with her state representative, which led to a 2014 proposal to exempt African pygmy hedgehogs — the species most commonly kept as pets — from the state’s ban. The bill failed, but in February it was reintroduced to the Georgia House of Representatives only to fail again. Georgia isn’t the only state that’s declared it illegal to keep hedgehogs as pets. So have Arizona, California, Hawaii, Maine, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and the five boroughs of New York City. Photo: Hands Optek /flickr What’s the big deal about these little creatures? According to wildlife experts, hed...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/pet-hedgehogs-are-...

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