Glad you are in agreement, on this issue, with me. I hate cruelty to
animals of any kind, and in my opinion this is another form of cruelty, although with probably good intentions mean’t.
My partner’s mobile has facebook on it, with various clubs such as
Wildlife Gardens Club. People send in all sorts of pictures of plants
and animals etc. There is one person in particular, no names mentioned.
He likes to rave on about HIS hedgehogs and how big and how many he
has. I would like to think they are everybody’s. He handles them quite
often and even checks them for ticks, removes the ticks, then boils the
ticks in a tick box. He also remarks on particular hedgehogs that like having
their stomachs rubbed. I think this is over familiarization with the animal
and could be leading it to a misfortune. It will start to treat all humans the
same, and as you stated “not all humans love hedgehogs”. Look at recent
cases of animals being shot at with crossbows or pellets from guns.
I do hope this fellow changes his ways and learns to observe them from
afar. We enjoy watching the hedgies that come to our garden, but by viewing
them on video. Have noticed that the hedgies are now out a lot earlier and
have caught me napping by waiting for the food to be put out. Last night
one hedgie was there at 1945. We are still unable to actually tally how many
are visiting us? I am still reading the book, not far from the end now.
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