The tiny new face of Henry Vilas Zoo

The tiny new face of Henry Vilas Zoo
Say hello to this lil dude. Photo via J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue

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An African pygmy hedgehog will soon have a new home at the Henry Vilas Zoo.

Quillbur the hedgehog will become one of the zoo's "animal ambassadors" and help educate people about animals.

The spiky creature was given up for adoption at an exotic pet surrender event hosted by J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue. The nonprofit organization is the state's largest exotic animal rescue and has re-homed over 400 exotic animals so far this year.

"This is the ideal situation," nonprofit Director John Moyles told Channel 3000. "We have these events because, with exotic pets, people don't often have a lot of resources when they can't care for them anymore."

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  • The program is open to businesses anywhere in southwestern Wisconsin, including Dane County.
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