A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper
Ever wonder what its like to share your world with a bunch of crazy critters? Tune in to find out!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Hedgehogs aren't supposed to like.....

Nigel is supposed to like all sorts of fruits, vegetables and meats.  He needs a varied diet - which includes his absolute favorite meal worms - 5 or 6 per day depending on how big. He had been eating a combination of low fat cat food and ferret food - but slowly but surely we are moving to a specialized hedgehog diet which has more of the nutrients he needs.  He is not all that thrilled about this transition.

I offer him a sniff of everything we eat and I find it fascinating to see which things he likes:
  • He likes yogurt - all flavors except for plain
  • Pudding - loves it
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken
  • Sweet things like cookies, cake
  • Some chips
  • Soda
Do you see the trend here?  Hedgehogs that are pets have a tendency to be obese - really - cookies, cake, chips, soda - that just can't be?  Rest assured - he is allowed only a taste.  He also has his big blue wheel that he run run runs on each night and he gets lots of exercise running around the bonus room.

No comments: