Police said William Singalargh, 27, from Whakatane, in New Zealand’s North Island, allegedly picked up the hedgehog and threw it about 5m at the 15 year old.
“It hit the victim in the leg, causing a large, red welt and several puncture marks,” Senior Sergeant Bruce Jenkins said.
“The man was arrested shortly afterwards for assault with a weapon, namely the hedgehog.”
It was not known whether the hedgehog was dead or alive when thrown on February 19, but it was dead when collected as evidence.
Mr Singalargh is due in court this month.
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