Although the global trend in the past few years was to welcome more hedgehogs into the pet family, people from Island have a long and uncommon pet history over the years. Hedgehogs have become and more popular in the past few years, being preferred first as exotic pets, and now as common pets that can easily accommodate and live together along with other pets, including dogs and cats.
Hedgehogs are quite friendly creatures and seeing them eat is one of the most adorable things the Internet has shared lately. But what happened in Iceland, and, most importantly, what are the things that make rules in this country so special? Read below and find everything you need to know.
Iceland and animals
One of the world’s coldest and smallest countries, Iceland features a highly limited flora and fauna. In other words, it’s too cold for most of the creatures to accommodate, and the scarce food doesn’t do them justice either. Back in the 1920s, the country’s capital has banned all dogs for uncertain reasons. And, even though the ban disappeared later, there is still highly uncommon for Icelanders to own dogs as pets. On the other hand, furry cats that purr all day long seem to have a less cruel faith, while people all over the country are buying or adopting an increased number of cats each year.
As for other animals, as I previously mentioned, there are few that can be adopted or, even worse, imported. This makes things even more interesting for the first hedgehog Iceland ever laid eyes on, earlier this year.
So, if you plan on flying in with your own pet, I suggest you reconsider. The laws are quite strict and you may even be refused access to certain cities of the country if you own a pet. Moreover, Icelanders are already tired of the tourist masses that cross pass their country every year and tend to be less welcoming when you overstay.
The story of Bernie the hedgehog
Although you may not consider Iceland as the best hedgehog house, the authorities have finally seem to soften up and accept the little hedgehog into their country. The owners of Bernie adopted the fellow back in 2015, but it was not until 2016 that they filed for paperwork to legally transfer Bernie to Iceland. The first application was rejected, and it was not until 2017 that the authorities reconsidered and granted access to Bernie in Iceland.
Upon arrival, due to the same Icelandic laws, the animal had to undergo different tests of its physical condition and spent another four weeks in quarantine before reuniting with its owners.