Hedgehogs are small mammals, perhaps best known for their coats, which are covered with bristly spines. But according to online reference sites, they are not found in nature in North America.
In the incident, as recounted by fire and rescue spokesman Pete Piringer, the vehicle jumped a curb and struck the house in the 20300 block of Waters Row Terrace in Germantown.
When it did, Piringer reported, it “moved” beams and walls. A family and pets were displaced.
In addition to humans, Piringer said, those affected included cats, reptiles and a hedgehog.
Hedgehogs, according to online references, are quiet, active and entertaining and “make great companion pets.”
But they are said to require a lot of care.
No injuries to humans or animals were reported, and the cause of the incident was not immediately known.