East European Hedgehog (Erinaceus concolor)

I finally got to photograph a live hedgehog. Last evening around sunset I was walking on our school campus and I saw this little guy near a tree. When I approached it, it let me photograph it and then curled up in a protective ball. Even when I tried to roll it over with my foot, it stayed in a tight ball, with it’s over 6,000 quills pointing outwards. This is obviously a defensive measure. I’ve seen them run before, but perhaps because it wasn’t quite nightfall yet, he decided to be stationary.

I want to try to start feeding the hedgehogs that live in our apartment’s yard. They are cute little critters!

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