Is there such a thing as too much adorableness? I would argue yes! And it comes in the form of an adorable little roly poly prickly ball of hedgehoggeryness. Folks here have been telling us since we arrived that hedgehogs are common in Switzerland. Apparently they’re also native here. A few weeks ago, Trav claimed he saw one in the front yard but by the time he’d called me outside, it had disappeared.
Not long after that, we saw a small, gray, semi-prickly pancake that resembled the remains of a hedgehog along the side of a road. Since I always try to avoid looking directly at roadkill – as if seeing it makes it somehow more dead – I tried to convince myself that a wayward Swiss litterbug had marred the otherwise pristine roadway with a piece of trash.
Not likely, but hey – nobody’s perfect.
Then, a miracle! Trav let Touille the Terrier outside for her nightly snuffling, and she honed in on a spot under the big tree in our front yard. She investigated and discovered the hedgehog adorableness you see above.
Say hello to our little friend, Monsieur Hedgehog.
Though I was tempted to pick him up to snuggle him, I refrained with supreme effort. Someone at a party recently told us you can easily pick them up by sliding your hand under their warm, soft underbelly, and they just wrap their little paws around your fingers to hang on.
Unfortunately, this little guy didn’t appear comfortable with our presence. The longer we watched him, the more he appeared to shrink into himself, though he didn’t actually ball up, and he just looked scared. So we snapped a couple of photos and left him in peace for the night to help us rid our place of pesky insects.
Hopefully our yard will continue to offer him a safe haven from the dangers of the road and local farmers’ plow blades.
An amazing retired engineer and doctor’s assistant have created the largest hedgehog sanctuary in Switzerland. They now take in an average of one hedgehog every day and provide round the clock care until they can be returned to the wild.