The Inflatable Hedgehog, also known as zamba zaraa to the locals, is a strange hedgehog-like cryptid reported to live in the Gobi Desert, in Mongolia.
It is described as looking something like a hedgehog. When threatened, the animal strikes its tail against the ground (an alarm action that is used by many different types of animal) and then proceeds to inflate itself considerably. Reports differ on how big it is after inflation, and range up to the size of a yurt (a small Mongolian tent-like dwelling).
There aren't many explanations as to what the creature could be. Theories include:
- An undiscovered species (a Cryptid)
- There are other creatures who inflate themselves as a defense mechanism, most notably puffer fish. It would not be impossible for a mammal to have evolved the same trick.
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