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The Honolulu Zoo welcomes Petunia, the female African pygmy hedgehog

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HONOLULU (KITV4) - The Honolulu Zoo welcomed a new prickly friend named Petunia an African pygmy hedgehog.

“We welcome having a hedgehog in our zoo so keiki will be able to see what it looks like since they are not found in Hawaii,” said Linda Santos, zoo director.

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They have become a very popular pet in the U.S. but are illegal in Hawaii as they could threaten native species. They are about the size of a guinea pig and their bodies are covered with about 6,000 short quills. 

“Petunia will be a nice addition to our Keiki Zoo where she will be housed on exhibit," added Santos.

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