Wellington, New Zealand a man has been accused of assault with a hedgehog.
Police said that William Singalargh, 27, picked up the hedgehog and threw it several yards to hit a 15-year-old boy in the North Island east coast town of Whakatane .
"It hit the victim in the leg, causing a large, red welt and several puncture marks," police Senior Sgt. Bruce Jenkins said .
The teen did not need medical treatment, he added. It was not known whether the hedgehog was dead or alive at the time of the attack, but that it was dead when collected as evidence.
Jenkins said Singalargh, was arrested shortly after the incident on a charge of assault with a weapon.
His lawyer, Rebecca Plunket, said Singalargh intends to plead innocent and says the hedgehog leapt at the boy before it died, like a suicide mission.
The maximum penalty for assault with a hedgehog is five years in prison, a hamster would have only been 4 years.