It's proof the Omaha's City Council handles all kinds of issues, big, small and cute. A proposal to legalize owning hedgehogs and sugar gliders as pets was up for a public hearing on Tuesday.
Only the Humane Society showed up to talk and that didn't last as long as council members would have liked. “Here to answer any questions about hedgehogs or sugar gliders. What, no Marlin Perkins demonstration? You don't want to see that.”
No vote was taken. The ordinance was suggested by someone in Omaha who wanted to own a hedgehog and realized it was legal in other nearby cities.
The animals are not currently listed as pets under municipal code. Current law allows any domestic dogs, cats, mini-pigs, rabbits, ferrets, rodents and birds (so long as they are not defined as agricultural animals). It also covers non-lethal aquarium fish, non-lethal invertebrates, amphibians, turtles, non-venomous lizards that will not grow to more than five feet and nonvenomous snakes that will not grow to more than eight feet.