Hedgehogs in Culture
Hedgehogs are not just the ‘gardener’s best friend,’ they are beloved throughout UK—in 2013 a BBC poll concluded that the hedgehog was the country’s most popular animal. From video games such as Sega’s ‘Sonic the Hedgehog,’ to characters in Disney/Pixar’s ‘Toy Story 3’ and Sesame Street, hedgehogs have a definite place in popular culture, including appearances in such literary classics as Beatrix Potter’s ‘The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle’, Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and even a few of Shakespeare’s plays.
Throughout history, hedgehogs have been the source of some weird and wonderful folklore, and are often depicted as being industrious, no-nonsense animals. Some of our favourite stories are included below.