This perky little hedgehog crossed my path during my evening walk. As hedgehogs don’t live in the wild in the US (nor in Australia) it was an extra happy surprise to encounter one in broad daylight on my visit home. Most hedgehogs prefer to move about during the night and in bushes, so this hedgehog, sniffing around on a lawn in a park, was quite the exhibitionist even if it withdrew to more quiet quarters after a little while. They are much faster than one could think and their legs are much longer than one would expect for such a small animal, so they are not easy to capture. Nor do the photos capture their huffing and puffing sound. These shortsighted, pointynosed, spineclad, independent creatures are great little characters and it always feels like a privilege to meet one.
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