Hedgehogs as housepets?
They are tiny animals with cute faces. They're covered in quills. They roll into prickly balls when they are scared.
But are they an ideal pet? Some say yes.
Hedgehogs give off little odor. They often live alone. That makes them a good pet for those with a busy lifestyle.
"A hedgehog can hang out all day while you are at work," breeder Jennifer Crespo says. "You can come home, hang out with it for a couple of hours or put it away." Crespo lives in Massachusetts.
The attraction to the animals may have started with a video game. In it, "Sonic" is a blue hedgehog who runs at super high speeds. He curls into a ball to attack its enemies.
An Instagram account set up by the owners of a hedgehog named Biddy in Oregon has nearly 370,000 followers. National Geographic Magazine put a hedgehog on the cover of its April edition. It was to illustrate a trend of people owning exotic animals.
Hedgehogs are steadily growing in the U.S. They are banned or restricted as pets in six states. So check to see if they are OK in your state.