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Hedgehog kept as pet turned over to state

Published: Sep. 19, 2016 at 9:17 PM HST|Updated: Sep. 19, 2016 at 9:23 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A hedgehog has been added to the list of confiscated illegal animals in Hawaii.

Someone turned in the spiny animal to the Hawaiian Humane Society over the weekend. Now, it's in the custody of the State Department of Agriculture.

Authorities believe the roughly 6-month-old animal was being kept as a pet.

As cute as hedgehogs are, they pose a big threat to Hawaii's native species, officials say.

"Because they can feed on native tree snails in Hawaii, we also have native insects and they are insectivores. So they can be very bad to the ecosystem feeding on our native insects," said Keevin Minami, Department of Agriculture's Land Vertebrates specialist.

The hedgehog may be sent to the mainland, to the Panewa Zoo on the Big Island or remain on Oahu at the Honolulu Zoo.

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