The hedgehog repels attackers that include lions and leopards because of its sharp thorns. The 36-year-old Hennie Bekker captured this video of a pride of seven lions unwinding together at night in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.
In the meadows, a porcupine was discovered and approached by seven adolescent lions. He was instantly surrounded by lions who sought to attack him. However, the hedgehog was very cunning and always kept his tail pointing in the direction of the lions, making it impossible for them to get close enough to attack.
How Does Hedgehog Face Its Attackers?
The hedgehog demonstrated that lions are not always “Lord” after the lions agreed to depart and continue their hunt after several minutes of apparent failure to turn him into a meal. Amakhala Reserve in South Africa captured an interesting wildlife world moment. A huge hedgehog was at that time ambling down the river bank when he unexpectedly came across a group of lions. The predators immediately surrounded him and made an attempt to attack.
Things are not always simple. He is alone but he was still able to fight and defeated the whole herd with his sharp back and experience which is much different in number. Lions also target adult porcupines in the wild. But they always know how to defend themselves. It will face its attackers while standing straight and displaying spines and a long, spiky tail, ready to harm or even kill lions.
The group decided to depart and continue their expedition after a few minutes of trying to engage the enemy. And he has demonstrated that, despite being by himself, the lion is not always “the lord”.
Details About Hedgehog
It is a spiny mammal in the eulipotyphlan subfamily Erinaceinae of the eulipotyphlan family Erinaceidae. In addition to New Zealand, there are seventeen species of hedgehogs distributed across five genera in Europe, Asia, and Africa. They are not indigenous to Australia or the Americas. The extinct genus Amphechinus was originally found in North America.
Gymnures may have been the intermediary link in the hedgehog’s distant lineage with shrews (family Soricidae), and they have changed little over the last 15 million years. They, like many of the early mammals, have adapted to a nocturnal lifestyle. Their spiky defense resembles that of echidnas, a kind of monotreme, and rodents such as porcupines.
Description Of Hedgehog
Their spines, which are hollow hairs stiffened with keratin, are a valid method of identification. Their spines, unlike porcupine quills, are not venomous or barbed, and they do not easily separate from their bodies. The spines of an immature animal, on the other hand, usually fall out as adult spines take their place. “Quilling” is the technical name for this. Additionally, when an animal is ill or stressed, its spines may shed. Despite the presence of blonde hedgehogs on the Channel Island of Alderney, they are normally brown with light spine ends.
Diet Of Hedgehog
They are omnivorous, despite being classified in the defunct order Insectivora. Berries, melons, watermelons, snails, frogs, toads, bird eggs, carrion, mushrooms, grass roots, and insects are among their favorite foods. Berries make up a substantial component of an Afghan hedgehog’s diet after hibernation in the early spring.