Earlier this year Derek was diagnosed with stress-related alopecia after losing almost all of his spikes. Doctors at the A120 Veterinary Surgery in Hertfordshire told BuzzFeed News the hoglet had lost all its spines because of his “rough start in life”.
Derek was only two to three weeks old and weighed 87g when he was found wandering in someone’s back garden.
Frank – or Frankie, as he is also called – was rescued by a sanctuary after he was found with his spines cut off in the kitchen of a University of Sheffield hall of residence.
Frankie was a “in a right state” when he first arrived at the Cawthorne Hedgehog Sanctuary in South Yorkshire. Anita Broadhead, who looks after Frankie with her husband Allen told BuzzFeed News that they burst into tears when they first saw him. “To think that someone could do that to a poor little animal,” she said.
Anita said she couldn’t be sure of what was used to chop Frank’s spines: “All we know is that the sharp ends of his spines had been cut off and he was dehydrated.”
Huff is a 3-year-old rescue African Pygmy hedgehog who became a famous Instagram model because of his adorable protruding two front teeth.
His owner, Carolyn Parker, told BuzzFeed News that Huff is considered a rescue hedgehog because of the terrible environment at his previous residence.
Pink Floyd, or just Floyd for short, was rescued by Jacqueline Law, from Toronto, Canada. She told BuzzFeed News that he came into her life “very suddenly” after spotting a listing of a “rare pink albino hedgehog” for sale on classified ad website Kijiji.
“We felt terrible about the rough life he had,” Law told BuzzFeed News. “The pink has never faded and will likely be with him forever”.
Jerzy Gara, from Kłodzko, Poland, told BuzzFeed News that he found the eight baby hoglets in nearby village, Nowa Ruda, after their mother was killed on the road.