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Have you met Poppy?

Our Search Gallery has a new mammal! On Family Day (February 10, 2014), a hedgehog arrived at her new home that had been previously inhabited by Snowflake, our dearly departed guinea pig.

Poppy (named by recent Search Gallery donors, the Moon family) is a one-and-a-half year old African hedgehog. Hedgehogs are members of the mammal family. Their shrew-like ancestors lived during the time of the dinosaurs! Poppy's spines are modified hairs made of keratin with sharp, non-barbed tips. They poke but do not readily dislodge like a porcupine's quills. Hedgehogs have several thousand spines. When they feel threatened, they contract a series of strong muscles and curl up into a tight ball, with their spines sticking out in all directions.

In the wild, hedgehogs are opportunistic omnivores, feeding on insects, worms, snails and slugs. They occasionally eat larger animals like frogs, lizards and even scorpions and snakes, with no ill effects from toxins. When encountering new smells, hedgehogs exhibit a behaviour known as anointing, where they lick the source of the odour and then produce frothy saliva that they spread across their bodies. This behaviour is thought to be a strategy to help disguise themselves in new environments. Poppy was green for a few hours after anointing herself with newly encountered cilantro leaves!

Because Poppy is nocturnal, the best time to see her in action is in the late afternoon.


Have you seen our new hedgehog yet? Come visit her! While you're at it, check out what special programming might be going on, as well.

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Search: Sara Stern Gallery would not be possible without the following donors:

Western Economic Diversification Canada
Finning International Inc.
Paul & Nicole Geyer
Ronald & Janet Stern
Windsor Plywood
Ascent Public Affairs Inc.
Brian Baker
BC Innovation Council
'Wayne & Helen Collinge
Connor, Clark & Lunn Foundation
Warren Erhart
Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch
Bob & Jean Garnett
Barry & Beth Gibson
Amber Goodman Lee
The Hamber Foundation
The Highbury Foundation
Scott Hill
Roger & Susan Holland
Ingrid Lae
Michael L. Lee
Sean Lunde
Pam & Munro MacKenzie
Neil Menzies
Peter Moore
Diana Movold
John Murphy & Leslie Lee
Peter & Sara Pacholko
Richard & Karen Pettit
Pinton Forrest & Madden Group Inc.
PNG Enterprise Foundation
Proceeds from 2009 Crazy Carnivale
Hugh Sargant
Science World Employees
Jack Shilling
Dr. Ken Spencer & Judy Gale
TELUS Corporation
Suan Teo
Peggie Terry
Rose Terzariol
Bryan & Kathlyn Tisdall
Donald M. Topp
Daren Toppin
Charlie Tsang
Grace Upshal
White Spot Restaurants