Saturday, July 14, 2007

Meet Knuckles

Indigenous to Iraq and most of the Middle East, hedgehogs are occasionally found on-base and the surrounding area. "Knuckles", our resident hedgehog, was found by some KBR contractors and brought to Charlie Medical.

There are 16 species of hedgehog, and can be found throughout parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, and New Zealand. There are no hedgehogs native to Australia or North America. They adapt well to dogs and cats, but can be threatened by them; i.e. spend a lot of time rolled into a ball.

Knuckles has hundreds of hard and pointy spines, which are hollow hairs made stiff with keratin. They are safe to touch, and are non-poisonous and aren't barbed. Their best defense when threatened is to roll into a ball with all of their spines exposed, although they are also known to make a run for it or attack back by throwing their spines against the attacker. Think 'sonic'.

His nose is more of a snout, similar to an Aardvark's and is specially designed as a bug vacuum. Hedgehogs make great pets if 1) you don't mind the fact that they are nocturnal and will be running around the house all night, and 2) they chirp and sing all night, too.
I have no idea which ones, but apparently it is illegal to own hedgehogs in certain states. Iraq doesn't Knuckles is here to stay as long as he likes.


Rejenia said...

hi knuckles!
(just remember desert flyer you started this)

I don't know I guess Jan Brett has a thing for sailors.

thoughts and prayers

Debbi (no 'e' on the end) said...

Knuckles is soooo cute. Will have to find some cards with hedgehogs for ya Carl....there are Hedgehog stamps. LOL! Thanks for the smile.

karin in tx said...

Had no idea they were in Iraq...learn something new every day. Glad you have a unique pet...he is very cute!

Ozarkglittergirl said...

I'm glad he decided to adopt you. Just what you needed right now...I don't know who is cuter :) LO!

Bag Blog said...

Most of the time it only takes a uniform for women to swoon. Now, you throw in a cute animal. You're a babe mangnet for sure.

LT GO said...

Gee, I don't know Toby? I think Iraq has reversed my polarity over the past five months :)