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Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome

My friend Heather recently acquired a pet hedgehog in exchange for 2 rabbits. Seemed like a good deal, but the poor little guy is sick. Yes, he has Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome and it is a real disease.

Wobbly hedgehog syndrome (WHS) is a disease found in the African Pygmy domesticated hedgehog. It characterizes of vacuolization of the grey matter of the brain and spinal cord that leads to neurogenic muscle atrophy. There is no inflammation of the central nervous system associated with WHS. The cause of WHS is unknown, but familial tendency to the disease has been indicated.

Here is the poor little guy:

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Hello, my name is Peter.

 

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Baby Corn IS Baby Corn

I am sure many of you know this by now, but the baby corn (also know as candle corn) used in many asian dishes with an occasional appearance on  a relish tray or salad bar, is actually young (AKA baby) corn.

Baby corn or candle corn is a cereal grain taken from corn (maize) harvested early while the ears are very small and immature. It typically is eaten whole–cob included—in contrast to mature corn, whose cob is considered too tough for human consumption. Baby corn is eaten both raw and cooked.

I still prefer mature corn.

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