Our news today comes from AudioGirl's BF, who thoughtfully forwarded this link.
Pygmy hedgehogs are now a popular new pet in the UK. If it weren't that I'm planning a lot of travel, I'd be awfully tempted to see in investing in one here. One thing the Incredibly-Patient-Mother found out though when inquiring about possibility of my own live hedgehog was that they recommend you be near an unusual animal veterinarian (wrong title--but you get the idea). The closest one is three hours away and that might not be good for a sick hoglette.
Something to keep an eye on, I can only imagine they'd cause less allergic reactions than a cat.