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Hedgehog (Animal)by Hugh Warwick
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From the Romans who viewed the hedgehog as a weather prophet to modern gardeners who depend on the creature to keep gardens pest-free, the small, spiny animal has had a close connection with humans since the dawn of civilization. A creature of fascination, endearment, and cultural significance, it is one of the few wild animals that people can approach without the fear of attack or it running away. Exploring how this and other characteristics of the hedgehog have propelled it to become one of peoples favorite animals, this book examines the natural and cultural history of these symbolic creatures.
Following the hedgehog as it spreads through Europe and Asia to the foot of Africa, Hugh Warwick describes its evolution, behavior, habitat, and diet, as well as its current endangered status. He also looks at the animals appeal, accessibility, and status as a pet in many countries, considering its appearance in advertising, films, childrens books, and games. Casting new light on the ancestors of Sonic and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Hedgehog is a fascinating look at these prickly, admirable animals.
The hedgehog has had a close connection with people since the dawn of civilization, remaining an animal of fascination, endearment, and cultural significance. It has featured as an icon throughout time, from the Romans who regarded the hedgehog as a weather prophet, to modern gardeners who depend on the creature to keep their gardens free of pests. The Ancient Egyptians are the exception in their very special, if poorly understood, relationship with the hedgehog—the animal has remained one that is incorporated into myth and legend at the level of ordinary people and not the ruling classes.
The hedgehog has spread through Europe and Asia to the foot of Africa, and is a prickly pet in the USA. The hedgehogs appeal and public accessibility has lead to it to be found on numerous products, from advertising to films and childrens books. Instantly recognizable, benign in reputation, Hedgehog demonstrates that there is much to admire about this beautiful, and now threatened, icon of wildlife.
About the Author
Hugh Warwick is an ecologist, photographer, video producer, and radio journalist who has worked at the BBC's Natural History Unit. He has written widely for newspapers and magazines, including the Guardian, Times, New Scientist, and BBC Wildlife Magazine, and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 and BBC Scotland.
Table of Contents
1. What is a Hedgehog?
2. Hedgehog Names and Folklore
3. Historical Hedgehogs
4. Literary Hedgehogs
5. Philosophical Hedgehogs
6. Artistic Hedgehogs
7. Commercial Hedgehogs
8. Domesticated Hedgehogs
9. Helping Hedgehogs
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