Swimming African Hedgehog

Shming the African hedgehog plays, swims, and floats. HE is 3 years, 7 months, and 11 days old in this video. YES, HE CAN REACH THE BOTTOM. If he’d had difficulty for a split-second longer at 0:33 one of us would have helped him up and, in fact, was about to do so. He was in no danger. DO NOT try this with an inexperienced swimmer. Shming is an excellent swimmer, but you could drown one if you don’t know EXACTLY what you’re doing! Even the best swimmer should NEVER, EVER be left alone! For those who are worried, here is a comment by akwekon (Z. G. Standing Bear), one of the most respected authorities on African hedgehogs: “Hedgehogs are excellent swimmers and many take to the water with enthusiasm. Pet African hedgehogs are seldom exposed to water and may be timid at first but many really enjoy it once they are accustomed. Shming was cavorting about and flipped himself over when tired of floating – signs that he had everything under control. Only experienced handlers should ever try this and by all means NEVER leave a hedgehog alone in the water. Best wishes, Z. G. Standing Bear at The Flash & Thelma HH Rescue”