Hedgehog Born Without Any Spikes Is Surprisingly Cute

Some animals have defining traits that are pretty difficult to ignore. Just as we associate giraffes with their long necks or octopuses with eight arms, hedgehogs are easily identified by their prickly spines — and we wouldn’t know what to do if we saw one without them.

That’s why Nelson the hedgehog is such an unusual, special creature. For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, he doesn’t have any spikes, leaving him completely bald… yet that doesn’t make him any less adorable!

Nelson the hedgehog’s lack of spikes has rendered him completely bald.


Without spikes, he has no real way to protect himself from predators, so he wouldn’t survive long if he was released back into the wild.


“He’s a mystery, but to have survived into adulthood he must have had prickles and his health is very good other than the fact he is bald,” Foxy Lodge Wildlife Rescue, the England-based group that has been caring for Nelson, said in an interview.


Nelson is perfectly happy to stay in the sanctuary, though. There, he’s practically treated like royalty!


Nelson gets a real spa treatment, including regular oil massages.


“We will likely never know what caused him to lose his hair and spikes,” said Foxy Lodge Animal Rescue.


It’s hard to believe that a hedgehog could be cuddly, but that’s what makes Nelson so special!


Nelson was at serious risk without his natural defense mechanism, but it’s clear that he’s in great care. He may not be like other hedgehogs, but he seems perfectly fine with it!

Please visit Foxy Lodge Animal Rescue’s website for more information about their extraordinary efforts, and to see what you can do to help!

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