Horatio’s rise from prickly beginnings to internet star

Smooth operator, Horatio Whitla. INNT 04-600con
Smooth operator, Horatio Whitla. INNT 04-600con

A GREEN-haired hedgehog has sent the internet into a frenzy with tales of his adventures in Newtownabbey.

Horatio Whitla, from the Distressed Hedgehog Society Shop (DHSS), was a gift to a Newtownabbey couple from their niece.

Since he took up with his new family, the self-styled growbag has joined the internet social networking site Facebook to tell the world of his adventures and meet up with other like-minded individuals from across the world.

Speaking exclusively to the Times Horatio said: “I am not sure what age I am but I arrived in Newtownabbey at Christmas. I was given as a present to Bert and Nora by their niece. I gave them their names as it is easier than referring to them as male human and female human.

“I was bald when I came here but Bert has been pouring water over me each morning and now I have a lovely head of hair - only problem is, it’s green.”

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