Hello, I just signed up for this forum and I hope someone can give me some information. I recently acquired a beautiful little female hedgehog. I did not know she was pregnant and apparently neither did her previous owner (or he failed to tell me she had been with a male). She gave birth a couple weeks later. She was nursing the babies for the first week and I thought all was going well. Then I started noticing when I would go in to put food in her dish at night that the babies were constantly out of the nest. I used a spoon to put them back in the nest but it kept happening. Then each morning I would go in and I would find a dead baby. Not knowing what was going on I decided to take the babies away and try bottle feeding them because it was breaking my heart to watch them die one by one. She started out with 6 babies and I ended up taking 3 away from her. That day another one died so I was left with 2 babies to bottle feed. I've been feeding those 2 babies for 2 weeks now and they are doing well. My question is....has anyone ever heard of a dwarf or a munchkin hedgehog? The little male has continuously gained weight and is up to 49 grams at 3 weeks old. The little female has only gained 2 grams in the last 2 weeks and weighs in at 16 grams. She is as healthy and normal looking as he is but in a MUCH smaller version. She has quills, opened her eyes and is getting a furry belly just like he is but she is so tiny! She eats every time he eats, she pees and poops regularly so I know she's digesting her food but she's not growing. I'm completely baffled. I included a pic to show you the size difference. If anyone can shed some light I would appreciate it. She was born with a club foot but that's the only handicap that I can see. Other than that she seems very healthy.
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