All ye pet owners searching for that offbeat pet to help you prove to strangers that you aren't some cat or dog yuppie piece of human garbage but a unique individual with FEELS and THOUGHTS — the hedgehog is officially mainstream. That's not a terrible thing, considering that hedgehogs are super cute, relatively easy to care for, and agreeable companions for people with allergies. It's just, now that hedgehogs have climaxed (in the cultural sense, not the orgasm sense), people determined to make strange pet choices will seek out a new semi-exotic animal to cage and spoon feed. Fingers crossed the possum gets overlooked.
According to the New York Post's completely reliable trend piece about hedgehogs, hedgehogs are really popular pets right now. It isn't at all difficult to see why — hedgehogs are cute, cuddly, and make great meals for cats in a pinch (jokes! don't feed your hedgehogs to your cats (unless you love your cats and hate your hedgehogs, then you do you)).