Roaming about the islands of Madagascar and the Comoro’s, off the shores of Africa’s east coast, lives a little known animal that is sometimes mistaken for a hedgehog. These are the rare and unusual Hedgehog Tenrecs.
Tenrecs, of which there are several different species, have spines. They are also capable of rolling into a ball. Although they can raise their spines if threatened, the musculature for doing so is far less specialized than that of the hedgehog. They are slightly smaller than our domestic hedgehogs, weighing in at about 200 grams.