The principal of Village Elementary, Bill Cain, is known for having a couple unique pets in school. Spike and Pocahontas, both hedgehogs are the school's popular mascots.
Cain has had a hedgehog in the school ever since he transferred from Hartland High School. Prior to moving to the local elementary school, a teacher stationed at the high school recommended Cain own a pet at his new school.
"She gave me Spike," Cain said. "And she was her son's hedgehog."
According to Cain, Spike is used for comforting students, buddy reading with students and visiting classrooms.
Cain also said that the popular school pet enjoys school celebrations.
Spike the hedgehog has been a school mascot for 10 years and five years ago was joined by fellow hedgehog, Pocahontas.
Spike and Pocahontas are both African pigmy hedgehogs. Pocohontas spends most of her days on the desk of Cain's assistant, Mrs. Rachel.
Pocahontas does get to enjoy moments throughout the day where she is allowed to roam across Mrs. Rachel's desk to stretch her legs, much to the enjoyment of the students.
When Spike first arrived at Village, very few people had hedgehogs as pets, but according to Cain, that has changed.
"Ever since we've had Spike here, hedgehogs have seemed to gain in popularity," he said.
Spike's name came from her spikey fur, but don't be fooled by her male name. She is a female, but was named by Cain's daughter.
For more information about hedgehogs or to purchase one as a pet, go to motorcityhedgehog.com.
With a simple diet and small living space, Cain says they make great pets.
This article was written by Cub Scout Pack 383 of Village Elementary School. Writers, photographers and editors include:
- Jacob Cortichiato
- Ben Shipman
- Brendan Ancheta
- Michael Hawley
- Robert McCollum
- Mathew Prokuda
- Keegan Hoose (Boy Scout Den Chief)
- Remy Barkley