This Tiny Hedgehog Is So Freaking Adorable, We Literally Can't Handle It (Photos)

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There are all sorts of adorable animals on social media, but no critter can top the cuteness of Instagram's newest rising star, Marutaro the Hedgehog.

Seriously, you might want to prepare yourself. This playful pet is about to melt your heart.

Marutaro is a delightful little hedgehog, and I have to say this creature might just be one of the most precious things on the Internet -- and quite possibly in the world.

Apparently, I'm not the only one losing my sh*t over how freakin' cute this spiky fella is; all sorts of people seem to be falling head over heels for this hedgehog.

Marutaro already gained over 30,000 followers, thanks to an impressive Instagram account chronicling all the amazing critter's adventures.

Take a look at the pictures below to see this Insta-famous hedgehog.

Move over, Sonic...

...there's a new hedgehog sensation out there.

This little critter is stealing the social media spotlight...

...and melting hearts around the world.

Meet Marutaro.

This tiny ball of spikes appears to live in Japan...

And is so damn cute...

...you'll shed tears of joy.

Marutaro has an awesome Instagram account showcasing all the playful adventures a hedgehog typically goes on.

When Marutaro isn't posing for a calendar looking all adorable and whatnot...

You can usually find this cheeky creature chillin' with the peeps...

Showing off musical abilities...

Taking long, romantic walks on the beach...

Dominating at hide-and-seek...

Channeling a hedgehog's inner pincushion...

...or brightening up everyone's day by showing off a little belly.

Seriously, this might just be the most precious animal on the planet.