White Dog Art

hedgehog

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Wild Things on June 25, 2013 at 3:06 pm
watercolor aceo 6/2013

watercolor aceo 6/2013

These tiny animals are curious and they have built-in quill protection. An interesting lesson if hedgehog be your totem. Explore and be sensitive to what’s going on around you. It seems to me that they must come from Faerie. They are so tiny and dear.

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  1. A cooly practical little creature, I think. I think their habit of”anointing” is interesting. Maybe the only creature that does that!??/

    A wonderful representation, Gretchen.

    • Please, Jamie, tell me about the ‘anointing.’

      • From Wikipedia ~
        “Hedgehogs occasionally perform a ritual called anointing. When the animal encounters a new scent, it will lick and bite the source, then form a scented froth in its mouth and paste it on its spines with its tongue. The specific purpose of this ritual is unknown, but some experts believe anointing camouflages the hedgehog with the new scent of the area and provides a possible poison or source of infection to predators poked by their spines. Anointing is sometimes also called anting because of a similar behavior in birds.”

        So, I guess I was wrong about them being the only ones to “anoint” …

      • Animal behavior is amazing. Thank you for informing me.

      • They are. It always seems that any behaviro that appears bazaar actually has a practical … and sometimes charming … reason behind it.

  2. Awww….little one! He’s charming! Do you know if they are native anywhere in the US?

  3. Great stuff! Seems like I’ve heard that hedgehogs have been known to use even odd, human-made substances, such as turpentine or mayonnaise, to do this “anointing.” I wish I had one in my garden now, in any case, to eat the slugs and cabbage worms! Thank you, Gretchen, for painting a little window on the world of Hedgehog! 🙂

  4. He is very dear… i feel as if you could spin a story around this one painting! 🙂

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