Fall Under The Spell Of Lionel The Hedgehog

This quilled hero of Instagram will capture your heart with his adorableness!

Adorable. Via lionelthehog/Instagram

By Rebecca Stout

I’ll never forget when I first met a pet hedgehog. I was absolutely captivated by the tiny bustling ball of quills that ran circles around me. I couldn’t get enough of that tiny, adorable white face with the black button eyes. And that teensy-weensy twitching nose is just too much to take! Ever since then, I’ve been bitten by the love bug, and I like to scan the Internet for pictures and videos of pet hedgehogs. Lucky for me, there is a new kid on the block to fill my never-ending hunger for these irresistible critters.

Lionel the hedgehog has been on Instagram for a mere 25 weeks and already has more than 28,000 followers. Well, you can add one more to that — yours truly. Like me, his fans find Lionel irresistible and can’t get enough of his colorful and imaginative photos and videos. Take a gander for yourself. He is guaranteed to brighten your day!

1. Hedgehogs look so intimidating with all of their quills!

But don’t worry; you can hold one of these adorable little guys quite easily as the quills aren’t thorns, just dull spikes. When held correctly, they are comfortable to hold and some hedgehogs are very comfortable with being held, like Lionel.

One of these things is not like the other ??

A photo posted by Lionel The Hedgehog (@lionelthehog) on

2. Are hedgehogs intelligent?

They certainly seem so because of their relentless curiosity and love of wandering. But in reality, not maybe not. Their brains are actually very primitive and similar to the first quilled ones that wandered the earth millions of years ago. But that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy a story or two, like Lionel.

Obsessed with these books because they’re all about ME ??
A photo posted by Lionel The Hedgehog (@lionelthehog) on

3. What? Hedgies can float? Who knew?

?? Spa Day #hedgehogboat #hedgehog

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4. Look out, Speed Racer, you have competition!

It’s quite a comical sight to see Lionel run, isn’t it? Hedgehogs love to run so much, they run several miles a night on their wheels and in the wild. Some are marathon runners and have been tracked at running 12 miles a night!

Look who’s not in a ball today! Watch how fast I am. Speedy hog.
A video posted by Lionel The Hedgehog (@lionelthehog) on

5. He shoots, he scores!

Pet hedgehogs love to play with balls. And they also make a great pal to watch the FIFA World Cup with.

My dad gave me a soccer ball and I went a little crazy! ?? #soccer #hedgehog #futbol

A photo posted by Lionel The Hedgehog (@lionelthehog) on

6. In a galaxy far, far away…

May the 4th Be With You. Happy Star Wars Day! #starwars #hedgehog #mayfourth #pet_obsession_minicontest @buzzfeedanimals
A photo posted by Lionel The Hedgehog (@lionelthehog) on

7. Lionel is full of personality.

Hedgehogs are well known for being shy and timid. But they can also have a saucy attitude, like Lionel here.

Tryna get hydrated on this hydrangea ??

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8. Like all hedgehogs, Lionel is nocturnal.

He likes the nightlife and to boogie down! But during the day, he prefers to take an occasional nap with his owner.

Monday night vibes ?? Get me to Friday
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9. Lionel, after a night on the town.

Partying is hard work. Well, someone has to do it!

My “I thought today was Friday face.” At least @shopBando makes every day a party. Still grumpy among confetti.

A photo posted by Lionel The Hedgehog (@lionelthehog) on

10. It could be tickle time.

Who can resist that soft white tummy?

Happy Saturday ?? #hedgehog #charleston #WeeklyFluff
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