Russian Hedgehog!


Our dog Boza found a surprise for us. A bad attitude and cussing Hedgehog! Luckily Boza did not try to stick his nose to close to the Hedgehog.

So I took pictures the best I could and left the Hedgehog alone. He was not happy to see us or be photographed.

“Hedgehog, common name for any of several spiny mammals that are similar in appearance to the porcupine, but more closely related to the mole and shrew. The hedgehog, which is found in Europe, Asia, and Africa, has a coat of long, stiff, pointed spines on its back. The fur on its underside is soft. Hedgehogs average 25 cm (10 in) in length and range in color from light tan to black. They have pointed snouts, small eyes, short legs, and vestigial tails.

When threatened, the hedgehog rolls itself into a ball by the action of powerful muscles that arise from the head and neck on each side and loop around the rump. In this position its spines project in all directions. Hedgehogs conceal themselves in hedgerows during the daytime and emerge at night to hunt. They eat insects, worms, frogs, snakes, mice, and birds’ eggs. European hedgehogs hibernate during the wintertime, but their torpor is not deep and they occasionally awaken and emerge from their nest of dry leaves to hunt food. In July or August the European hedgehog gives birth to four to eight young.”

So there, that is a Hedgehog! The best I can tell he spoke Russian! Because I did not understand a word he said as he hissed at us. :)))))

Kyle Keeton