Prickly and Cute - The Difference Between a Baby Hedgehog, Baby Porcupine, and Baby Echidna
If Google Image Search is any indication, there seems to be some confusion about what's a baby hedgehog and what's a baby porcupine. I felt the need to do some research and get to the bottom of this. Here's what I learned.
Pictured above is a baby hedgehog. You'll be happy to know that their spines are not barbed and do not come off in self-defense like porcupines. (Photo via Flickr user riussi)
Pictured above is a baby porcupine. They're kinda fugly. And then there's the whole part where barbed spines rub off on you if you make contact. Did you also know that adult porcupines are the third largest rodent? (Photo via zooborns.com)
And while we're at it, pictured above a baby echidna which is also known as a "spiny anteater." Echidnas are one of only two egg-laying mammals in existence. The duck billed platypus is the other. (Photo via thistasmania.com)
Now, aren't you glad to have this all cleared up? I know I am!