There is nothing more beautiful than a child being born, even if it is a difficult experience for the mother.
The emergence of a new life, whether human or animal, is miraculous; each life is valuable and must be protected and appreciated.
When it comes to animals, births may be spectacular; many of them recover practically instantly, and many babies walk within minutes.
Others are slower, and the young are so little that they appear to be doomed.
We’ve seen cows, deer, dogs, cats, dolphins, elephants, and even pandas, but there’s one thing we haven’t seen yet.
Only chosen individuals are permitted to witness the birth of a hedgehog. They never give birth in plain front of everyone in their native environment.
Hedgehog moms prepare for delivery in their burrows, and their offspring are born there. This is done so that they can keep them secure from predators, as they would have little chance of surviving if they were outside.
Hedgehogs are incredibly little and defenseless when they are born, so another animal feeding on them would not be an issue.
However, a couple in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, managed to capture the moment a caged pet hedgehog gave birth.
She had an odd expression on her face and was lying on her back on a tiny blanket. Then she noticed a purple dot emerging from her genitals, and they knew she was going to be a mother at that moment.
The pair appeared to be anxious as well, making strange noises and taking deep breaths alongside her to comfort her.
Her instinct commanded that she bring her offspring into the world in the most comfortable setting she could find, in front of their masters, because individuals of this species had already been born in captivity.
The small hedgehog labored for a long time before ultimately giving birth to her first child.
He began licking and cleaning it right away, but he didn’t have much time since a second hedgehog was approaching. This happened repeatedly until he gave birth to a litter of five kids.
Below you can see the first part of this unusual event: