8/05/2005

Hedgehog Igel

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Hedgehog (Igel)

***** Location: Germany, Europa
***** Season: Autumn
***** Category: Animal


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Explanation

Herbst / Autumn
German Saijiki : Igel (hedgehog)



hedgehog coming out after hibernation
kigo for spring


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A hedgehog is any of the spiny mammals of the subfamily Erinaceinae and the order Erinaceomorpha. There are 17 species of hedgehog in five genera, found through parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, and New Zealand. There are no hedgehogs native to Australia, and no living species native to North America; those in New Zealand are introduced. Hedgehogs have changed little over the last 15 million years.

Like many of the first mammals they have adapted to a nocturnal, insectivorous way of life. The name 'hedgehog' came into use around the year 1450, derived from the Middle English 'heyghoge', from 'heyg', 'hegge' = hedge, because it frequents hedgerows, and 'hoge', 'hogge' = hog, from its piglike snout. Other folk names include 'urchin', 'hedgepig' and 'furze-pig'.

Hedgehogs are a powerful form of pest control. A single hedgehog can keep an average garden free of pests by eating up to 200 grams of insects each night.
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Stacheligel (Erinaceinae)
Nördlicher Weißbrustigel (Erinaceus roumanicus)
Braunbrustigel (Erinaceus europaeus)

stachellose Ratten- oder Haarigel (Galericinae)

Die Igel in kühleren Regionen halten einen Winterschlaf.
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Mecki, the famous Hedgehog Story

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Mecki und seine Abenteuer


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Worldwide use

Japan

harinezumi はりねずみ【針鼠】 "rat with needles"
topic for all seasons

I have not seen any in my rural life here in Western Japan.
Gabi Greve



愛のない人は寂しいはりねずみ
koi no nai hito wa sabishii hari nezumi

a man without love
is such a lonely thing ...
hedgehogs


Ichiba san いちば さん

Ichiba San


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Things found on the way



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HAIKU


Gartenidylle –
zwei Igel schnuffeln
im Abendrot


Astrid Abendrot
Oktober 2002


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Igel, du bist schuld -
auch wenn du noch so tot bist.
Ich hatte Vorfahrt.

Rüdiger Jung: Windsaat, 2003


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dreaming of spring / HAIGA
Painting by Kerry Hartjen


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