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A Day In The Life of Amelia The Hedgehog + Best Of The Web

by Grace Bonney

There are very few things (maybe nothing) that lift me up like animals do. Whether it’s a rough day, week or month, it’s hard to stay too sad when you have a furry friend by your side. So whether it’s watching this video over and over or delving into one of my favorite animal feeds on Instagram, I love heading into the weekend with a little pick-me-up. And today, that pick-me-up is a fuzzy feeling we can all take with us, courtesy of Amelia the Hedgehog. I discovered her feed through our #DSPetStyle challenge and have been hooked ever since. Amelia and her mom, Sophia (a photographer based in Vancouver), are sharing with us a day in their lives. Get ready for some cute overload. Until Monday, here’s wishing you all a safe and happy weekend. xo, grace

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A bit about hedgehogs from Sophia (in case anyone is inspired to add one to their family after this story!): Hedgehogs live off a diet of (high protein, low fat) cat food and sleep in cages with wood shavings like rabbits. Hedgehogs are nocturnal, so make sure you have extra space for them in your house as they are quite noisy at night. They are originally from Africa so it is important to keep your hog warm during winter as they run the risk of going into hibernation, which they are not prepared for. Sophia suggests getting your hedgehog at an early age and meeting them in person before making the purchase. Hedgehogs are solitary and curious creatures and with time, patience, and creativity they are very fun to have around! For more info check out the Hedgehog Welfare Society
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Meet Amelia the Hedgehog and her mom, Sophia! Sophia was born in Taiwan and raised in China and Canada. After getting her medical degree and working in education, Sophia now works as a photographer in Vancouver. Sophia styles and photographs commercial and lifestyle photo shoots along with her studio partner, Amelia Hedgehog. Amelia came to live with Sophia two years ago. Sophia says Amelia is, "sassy and a complete diva, but she gets away with everything because she is cute."
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8 am: "My name is Amelia and I am a 2-year-old hedgehog from Vancouver. I am not African even though I am an African Pygmy Hedgehog. Grace asked me to share fotos here cuz she thinks I’m kewt. Here we go."
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12 pm: "I meet boyfriend Ham for lunch, we're in a long distance relationship. It's complicated."
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3 pm: "My mom Sophia comes home. We work and take photos. Can you tell I like Bieber?"
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3:15 pm: "Will you be my prickly pear?"
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3:45 pm: "The best kind of bday is mealworm cake, cat food and a nap. All day every day."
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4 pm: "Head to beach with mom because the cure for anything is salt water, the sea and hedgehogs."
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4 pm: "My love."
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6 pm: "Hog sushi. The best."
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10 pm: "Bedtime. I don’t like sleep because I’m nocturnal but when I do I dream about mealworms."
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10 pm: "My heart beets for you." "That’s all folks. Thanks for hanging. If you ever get bored just look at my photos and don’t forget to smile."

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