Boss Hogg – the Littlest Hedgie

Hedgehogs were illegal to own in Arizona until December 2015 when The Arizona Game and Fish Department removed them from their restricted wildlife list and allowed them as pets. Once Mrs. Zoo heard the news, the search was on for a rescue hedgehog. Mrs. Zoo spent a lot of time calling local shelters and rescues without any luck.

She then contacted breeders, which were all out of state at the time, hoping to find a rescue or returned hedgehog. Only one breeder had any information. Pokeymoms, in Utah at the time, recently relocated to Arkansas, said they had none, but would ask their contacts in the hedgehog community.

For several weeks the staff at Pokeymoms called rescues in their area and spoke with area breeders. No rescues or returns were found at that time; however they had a runt of the litter that no one had shown interest in purchasing. He was small and required extra care. He needed to be kept warm and watched more closely than other baby hedgehogs. After several discussions about his care, he was offered to Mrs. Zoo at a lower price. Mrs. Zoo worked with Pokeymoms to ensure she would have an adequate set up with all the things a smaller than normal hedgehog needed to stay healthy.

Pokeymoms had just started making trips to Flagstaff, Arizona to deliver hedgehogs. Mrs. Zoo, with her mom along for the ride, headed to Flagstaff to pick up the baby hedgehog. When Mrs. Zoo and her mom arrived at the hotel parking lot, they were met with a funny scene. There was a small crowd of people standing around a car in the parking lot. The trunk of the car was open and a young lady was taking envelopes from people, opening them and counting money, then handing over a Tupperware and paperwork. It looked like there were shady deals going on in that parking lot!

Mrs. Zoo parked the car, got out, and joined the crowd of new hedgehog owners, some of the first in Arizona. Mrs. Zoo waited her turn and paid for her tiny hedgie and was handed her container. Inside was a very small hedgehog, balled up tight. The young lady told Mrs. Zoo the littlest hedgie had a long day and to let him rest in his bin on the ride home.

The little hedgie slept the entire way home. Once he was settled, he was given a few days to acclimate. After that, daily hedgie time started to help him become comfortable and easy to handle. It took several days to come up with his name and even longer to get him used to being handled.

The littlest hedgie, now known as Boss Hogg, is little no more. He loves to eat and has grown into his name. He has a bit of an attitude and will let you know if he is not feeling social. We’re so glad we gave this little guy a chance. Attitude and all he is a big part of our family.

Boss Hogg passed away in August of 2019 from an inoperable GI tumor. He was our first hedgehog and a big part of our animal family. Boss Hogg, we miss you.