Hedgehog Loses Spines

The staff at St. Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in the UK can't figure out why Spud the hedgehog has lost his spines. 

He gets a warm bath and baby oil massage every day to try and heal his skin, and vets are looking for alternative medicine treatments that might solve his condition. 

But other than being spineless, Spud appears to be a perfectly normal hedgehog.

Photo by Jeff Moore


From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by Marilyn Terrell.

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Just to let everyone know, even though a bunch of people and sites recommend tea tree oil, it is actually toxic for a hedgehog. My hedgehog was losing his spines and some of his fur, so I applied tea tree oil on the affected areas. He was fine the first day, but then the second, he went through a sort of paralysis, then a coma, and then he died on the third day. I later went on more sites and there have been similar cases with other people and their hedgehogs. DO NOT USE TEA TREE OIL!!!!!!!!
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A hedgehog without spines is like Santa Claus naked. Seeing that is one of those things marking a 'before' and an 'after'. I feel miserable.

PS: funny how the google ads suggest "Sonic the Hedgehog toys".
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@ Bart - the name Tiggywinkle comes from the character The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter. She is a hedgehog.

@ Ally - I thought the same exact thing. They need to use a natural oil, like Kukui nut.

I saw that on what I would call the Russian version of Neatorama. But my translation skills led me to think it was some malformed armadillo. Strange how without the spines, they look very much like an armadillo.
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