London - Given that he had been kidnapped and left on his own for four days, you would expect him to be feeling a bit prickly.
But Stephen the blind hedgehog is already back to his usual self after being reunited with his owners.
"As soon as he heard my voice he came straight to the front of the box and put his nose in the air," said Frank Tett, 80, after his pet hedgehog was found near a park in Leeds.
He had feared the worst when Stephen was taken along with his van on Saturday morning in Leeds. But on Wednesday his wife, Veronica, 78, received a call to say the hedgehog was alive and well.
Tett said: "We had both come to the realisation that he was probably dead. Miracles do happen. I think he had been watered and fed a bit because he was not starving when we collected him."