Monday, June 12, 2006

it's a zoo around here

So sorry for the lack o' blogging - I've been a bit off my feed for the past week and busy with real life stuff.

Speaking of feed, we've been having a night time visitor lately in the form of a hedgehog who arrives every evening at dusk to finish off the snack we leave out for our neighbour's cat. Looks like hedgehogs also enjoy cat food. This one is very shy and usually runs away if he sees someone coming, but Boy10 managed to catch a picture of him on Saturday.



Before I moved to Germany I don't think I had ever seen a hedgehog before and thought they were just small porcupines, but they're really quite different. Hedgehogs are very common here and you'll often seen them rooting around in gardens after nightfall looking for worms or snails. Sometimes baby hedgehogs are born very late in the season and if they don't gain enough weight to survive winter hibernation, various nature preservation socities give instructions on how to care for a too-small animal and help it through the cold period.

So we've got the cats, the birds and the hedghogs all in one space. And no one has eaten anyone else. Yet.

16 Comments:

At June 12, 2006 4:33 PM, Blogger meredith said...

Cool picture. We have those around here, too. My neighbor had one hiding out in his strawberry patch for awhile.

 
At June 12, 2006 6:07 PM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

wow congrats to boy10! I love it! I guess we have funny things around our area too and have to watch out since our tree is like 2 feet from the balcony.

 
At June 12, 2006 8:39 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

We've seen a few of them here but I wish we saw them more often. There are signs all over Switzerland warning people be careful and not run over the Igels...

 
At June 12, 2006 10:06 PM, Blogger Dixie said...

Oh I love those little hedgehogs. My MIL used to have tons of them out at her summer place.

 
At June 12, 2006 11:03 PM, Anonymous Garnet said...

Hahah! What a hedgehog he is! So cute!

 
At June 12, 2006 11:36 PM, Blogger christina said...

meredith - I've seen them in England and Scotland too. They seem to like more temperate climates.

expat - I told him not to get too close in case the hedgehog decided to bite! You probably have a lot of racoons running around where you are. They're so cute.

Kirk - it's so sad when they get run over, isn't it?

Dixie - they make you want to pet them, but I doubt that would be a good idea. :-)

garnet - the little babies are even cuter when you see them following their mother around.

 
At June 13, 2006 6:26 AM, Blogger Karen said...

Very nice picture!

I love hedgehogs - they're adorable :-)

 
At June 13, 2006 8:20 AM, Blogger traveller one said...

We also had one in the Czech Reb. who would make nightly visits for the leftover dog food on our front porch! They're adorable!

 
At June 13, 2006 11:32 AM, Blogger Ginnie said...

Awww. And yes, good for Boy10 to "capture" him. Wish we could all co-exist so peacefully!

 
At June 13, 2006 11:56 AM, Blogger Haddock said...

We had one visiting our garden in the spring. We never saw it but found hedgehog poo on several ocassions. They eat lots of slugs! :)

 
At June 13, 2006 3:01 PM, Blogger EuroTrippen said...

What a cutie!

 
At June 13, 2006 10:12 PM, Blogger nikinpos said...

You are so right to give it cat food, apparantly bread soaked in milk is really bed for hedgehogs!Have you tried picking it up? They're not too prickly!

 
At June 13, 2006 11:07 PM, Blogger The Big Finn said...

I guess somebody needs to say something negative about the hedgehogs...
Yes, they're cut, BUT aren't they known for...being fleabags? I used to see them when I'd walk our dog in our old neighborhood, and the locals (and my British neighbors) told me to keep our dog away from them unless I wanted her to be loaded with fleas.
Sorry...I had to say it.

 
At June 14, 2006 11:11 AM, Blogger swissmiss said...

Like Kirk said, the Swiss are vigilant about protecing their Hedgies. The signs, but they also build tunnels under roads or bridges over them just for the hedgehogs. There are also hedgehog shaped chocolates and cakes all over the stores. I think the Swiss, with their hedgehog approach to foreign policy, really identify with the little guys.

 
At June 14, 2006 9:18 PM, Blogger jen said...

I love hedgehogs. Almost as much as goats. I'm so envious. that's awesome.

 
At June 21, 2006 8:13 PM, Blogger Pardon My French said...

Thanks for the picture! I've never seen a hedgehog except for unfortunate highway remains. I've been longing to see a live one and your blog is the closest I've gotten! I don't have a garden (or even a balcony) but the day I get one I'm going to try to lure one in.

 

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