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The Dendrarium botanical garden in Sochi has received a new and unusual tenant: an albino hedgehog. It has been named Snezhok (Snowball) in honor of the Winter Olympics that the city will host in 2014, the garden’s director, Alexander Kornilov, told RIA Novosti.

The Dendrarium botanical garden in Sochi has received a new and unusual tenant: an albino hedgehog. It has been named Snezhok (Snowball) in honor of the Winter Olympics that the city will host in 2014, the garden’s director, Alexander Kornilov, told RIA Novosti.

© RIA Novosti . Michail Mokrushin / Go to the photo bankThe Dendrarium botanical garden in Sochi has received a new and unusual tenant: an albino hedgehog. It has been named Snezhok (Snowball) in honor of the Winter Olympics that the city will host in 2014, the garden’s director, Alexander Kornilov, told RIA Novosti.
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The Dendrarium botanical garden in Sochi has received a new and unusual tenant: an albino hedgehog. It has been named Snezhok (Snowball) in honor of the Winter Olympics that the city will host in 2014, the garden’s director, Alexander Kornilov, told RIA Novosti.
© RIA Novosti . Michail Mokrushin / Go to the photo bankTeenagers happened upon the creature, and thinking it was sick, brought it to the park.
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Teenagers happened upon the creature, and thinking it was sick, brought it to the park.
© RIA Novosti . Michail Mokrushin / Go to the photo bankThe hedgehog is completely white – an albino, which is a rare mutation. These animals cannot survive in the wild because they have a fairly weak immune system and cannot defend themselves against predators, Kornilov explained.
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The hedgehog is completely white – an albino, which is a rare mutation. These animals cannot survive in the wild because they have a fairly weak immune system and cannot defend themselves against predators, Kornilov explained.
© RIA Novosti . Michail Mokrushin / Go to the photo bankThe hedgehog is two months old. It lives in a separate cage and eats meat, fish and cat food.
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The hedgehog is two months old. It lives in a separate cage and eats meat, fish and cat food.
© RIA Novosti . Michail Mokrushin / Go to the photo bankAt the moment, it is the only hedgehog in the park, but the staff are planning to find it a mate.
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At the moment, it is the only hedgehog in the park, but the staff are planning to find it a mate.
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