Hedgehogs run wild in Europe. Although the little carnivorous creatures have suffered from loss of habitat, their population is stable, and they’re particularly beloved in the United Kingdom. They pop up regularly in small-town news items: they’re the perfect size to get lodged in drains, tangled in badminton nets, rolled up in haylage bales, or stepped on. If they’re lucky, the animals are brought to shelters and rehabilitated. Their lives are precarious, their misadventures perfect filler for slow news days. Over the past few years, illustrator Amy Jean Porter has immortalized some of these bumbling heroes of British newspapers, whose wandering, ineptitude, and penchant for milkshakes are strangely reminiscent of our own.
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