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New Addition to ZooMontana

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BILLINGS, Mont. -

A new animal has found its home at ZooMontana.

Meet Maxwell, the African hedgehog. ZooMontana's executive director Jeff Ewelt says Maxwell, at nine weeks old, is just a baby. Hedgehogs have spines, and when they're upset, they roll up in a ball to protect themselves. Ewelt says Maxwell will be used in educational programs and at birthday parties.

"Everything we do at the zoo is really geared around education and just kind of inspiring children about the wildlife that we have in this world and this guy will certainly do that," Ewelt said. "A kid that gets to touch one of these guys is going to remember that for the rest of his life."

Here's a fun fact. A baby hedgehog is called a hoglet