Note to self
In America we have porcupines.
In Britain (and Europe) they have hedgehogs.
Even though they share similar spiny protective “armour” they are unrelated.
Hedgehog populations are in freefall! This is troubling indeed. I have always loved hedgehogs. They are my spirit animal.
So a toast and a prayer for the lowly hedgehog!
And hello, this is why you will never find me hiking in Yellowstone. This is seriously my greatest fear in Life.
Give me a hedgehog any day.
[She] has the elegance of the hedgehog: on the outside, she’s covered in quills, a real fortress, but my gut feeling is that on the inside, she has the same simple refinement as the hedgehog: a deceptively indolent little creature, fiercely solitary – and terribly elegant.
– Muriel Barbery (The Elegance of the Hedgehog)