Hedgehog - knight in thorns
He is very fond of children and gardeners. It is useful in the household, for example, the hedgehog does not stand on ceremony with snails.
What was beyond the power of mammoths and their wild relatives was on the shoulder of a little hedgehog: he survived in the ice age and now honorably carries the title of one of the oldest mammals. In my opinion, this alone is enough to take care of him and create comfortable conditions for life in every garden.
© Jacek Zapała
At night, all cats are sulfur. However, this does not mean that someone gray, snooping back and forth after sunset, is certainly a cat. As soon as dusk sets in, a small sneaky animal comes out to hunt, whose loud pant in the night impresses even a person with a strong psyche. Of course, we are talking about a hedgehog - a wonderful nurse in the garden, a pest fighter and a winner of snails. He needs a threatening snort only for prevention, because the real weapon of the hedgehog is the armor of sixteen thousand needles with which he protects himself from such dangerous opponents as owls and badgers.
At about eight in the evening the hedgehog hurries for dinner. Hang on there, earthworms, snails and bugs! It is you who are considered the number one dish in the hedgehog. True, the vision of our gourmet is not so hot, but the sense of smell and hearing even wherever, the hedgehog is able to distinguish between ultrasonic frequencies.
© Lars Karlsson
By nature, hedgehogs are bachelors. They do not need to oversleep day-and-day somewhere in shady bushes. Only in the mating season, potential suitors suddenly remember the ladies and go in search of them, and when they find them, they constantly dance around the brides. "Hedgehog carousel”- this is what people called this custom - as passionate as short-term. Immediately after the wedding, the marriage breaks up, and the husbands return to their usual lives. And about thirty-five days later, hedgehogs produce four to eight small spiny hedgehogs.
In autumn, when natural food supplies decline, hedgehogs build a dry warm nest from fallen leaves in a secluded corner and plunge into the sweet hibernation. Curled up in a ball, they minimize energy consumption. Their body temperature drops to four degrees, the number of inspirations and expirations decreases to three to four per minute. But once the first signs of spring appear, the hedgehogs again go hunting.
© H. Zell
The more natural, the better: the hedgehog prefers to hunt in vast territories not limited by any hedges.
How to help a hedgehog
Due to the fact that the natural environment of the forest inhabitants is gradually being destroyed, green suburbs, gardens and villages are increasingly becoming their new homes. Anyone who finds a little robber in his garden should respect his appearance. In order for the hedgehog to have enough building material for a comfortable home, do not rake the fallen leaves clean. If with your help he has a little firewood or hay, he certainly will not move anywhere from the winter apartment. How easy it is to make a hedgehog happy: a little brushwood, branches that fell during the last hurricane - and a cozy hedgehog is ready!