Hedgehog in the classroom
Rockland — "There was a hedgehog on the elevator this morning."
This was heard in The Courier-Gazette newsroom on the fourth floor of the Breakwater Marketplace April 18. A little investigation led us to Lottie Wincapaw, 22, of Waldoboro, a student studying biology at the neighboring URock, University of Maine campus (also on the fourth floor).
Wincapaw had a little friend with her in history class, a 3-year-old African Pygmy Hedgehog named Lancelot. She carried him like a baby in a sling. Lancelot is nocturnal and was not particularly pleased by the camera's flash. He prefers warmer temperatures, so snuggles close to Wincapaw whenever outside.
At home, he can explore the house in his hamster ball.
Hedgehogs can be pets, but you need a permit from the state of Maine to own one.
Perhaps he will visit the building again in the near future.
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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.
Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast since 1998.