A woman sharing her pet hedgehog’s everyday adventures has delighted the internet with a series of viral videos.
TikTok user misscutieclover shares the adorable videos which frequently gain thousands of views. This week, a video of Clover the hedgehog walking around in the bath captured hearts after being viewed more than 18 million times.
Clover lives with her owner in the U.K., where European hedgehogs are native and protected as a vulnerable species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981 with the numbers of hedgehogs in the wild being in decline since the 1960s.
But Clover is actually an African Pygmy Hedgehog—the smallest of the hedgehog species and most common as pets. They can grow up to eight inches long and live for around 3–6 years in captivity. Unlike porcupines that have rigid quills, hedgehogs have smooth spines—similar to the bristles of a brush.
In a comment on another video, misscutieclover said: “Their quills are actually really smooth unless they feel threatened. That’s when their quills will go up and be a bit more prickly.”
TikTok users flooded to the comments to share their joy at the video of Clover the hedgehog. One commenter wrote: “This is the best thing I’ve ever seen,” while another commenter said: “Those tiny splashes are so cute to hear.”
Another viewer joked: “The new Sonic movie looks good.”
These solitary animals are natural omnivores, mostly eating small invertebrates like spiders and insects in the wild.
In the wild, they are known to travel large distances and are naturally nocturnal. It is should also be noted that not all veterinarians will have experience with hedgehogs, so it is important to ensure there is someone qualified nearby to take care of a pet hedgehog.
While 70 percent of all U.S. households own pets according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA) 2021-2022 National Pet Owners Survey, hedgehogs are not a very common pet. In fact, in some areas of the U.S., owning a hedgehog is illegal.
In the states of Georgia and California, they are illegal to keep as pets. In Hawaii, hedgehogs are illegal as pets and will be confiscated wherever they are found.
Delighted by the video, viewers fell in love with Clover the hedgehog. “Well this really cheered me up,” said one TikToker.
Another commenter wrote: “I’ve watched this five times so far and I’m not stopping.”
“Soo stinkin’ cute,” said another viewer.
Newsweek has reached out to misscutieclover for comment.