Darien High School senior Gaby Highton has won the Darien Nature Center’s recent naming contest, and the new hedgehog will be called Percy! Highton’s suggestion beat out nearly 40 others that were submitted via Facebook and Instagram.

Percy is a one-year-old African pygmy hedgehog that the Nature Center adopted from Tamara Sevigny, the owner of Southeastern CT Hedgehogs & Sugar Gliders in Lyme, CT. Sevigny is a USDA licensed breeder and member of the International Hedgehog Association. Fun fact! A hedgehog’s quills are made of keratin, like human hair. The interior of a single quill is an elaborate structure of hollow air chambers, making them strong and lightweight. Sevigny can be reached by email at secthedgehogs@gmail.com.