There is definitely some contention about which animal is the most squee-worthy — and trust me, it is definitely close.
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But, despite how adorable puppies, or pandas, or even ducklings are, hedgehogs take first place for all around cuteness. Here are 9 reasons why hedgehogs may be the cutest animals ever.
1. They Make Great Friends
Hedgehogs may seem like they would be unlikely friends, but they are affable little balls of charisma. The prey/predator relationship means nothing in the face of abject cuteness. Just ask this fox!
2. They Fit in the Palm of Your Hand
The amount of trust necessary to allow someone to simply hold you in their hands is unimaginable. A hedgehog's love is definitely something to hold on to.
3. They Are Basically Rock Stars
This little critter knows how to get a standing ovation.
4. Hedgehogs are Masters of Disguise
Image: The Odyssey Online
Do you hear that very squeaky rendition of the soundtrack from Jaws? If you look very closely, you might be able to spot him!
5. They Know How to Stop and Smell the Flowers
Hedgehogs know how to take it one day at a time and appreciate the things that really matter.
6. Hedgehog Hugs are the Best
When you're having a rough day, or you just want a little snuggle, hedgehog hugs will do the trick.
7. They Will Protect You
Okay, I know it seems like a stretch, but look how this little guy just took out that dinosaur! Hedgehog's got your back, don't worry.
8. They are Great First Thing in the Morning
Imager: Cater News
There's nothing better than waking up to a cup of piping hot...hedgehog? Who needs coffee! This little gal will get you going. Of course, she's basically nocturnal, so once she knows you're up, she'll probably sleep all day.
9. Hedgehogs Really Take the Cake
Image: Pop Sugar
A tiny hedgehog eating a tiny cake is sure to produce huge awws. Just look at it's little hat! This little guy seems so serious about turning a year older. Don't worry buddy! I'm sure that cake is delicious.