There has been more talk in the news recently of the increasing number of African Pygmy hedgehogs being kept as pets (e.g. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2645890/What-need-know-pet-hedgehogs.html )
Hugh Warwick, hedgehog enthusiast, hits the nail on the head with his reasons as to why the fad is a bad idea in the UK.
As a hedgehog ecologist, I really hope this trend doesn't take off again, despite the very real cuteness of these animals, and the undoubted pleasure of being able to handle one. Leaving aside the ethics of the exotic pet industry, there are some important reasons why we should not encourage the pet hedgehog craze in the UK.