Hedgehogs are Malta’s unofficial favourite little animal. From legendary cartoon character and proto-environmentalist Xummiemu to special road signs especially made for hedgehogs to cross Maltese roads safely, the island’s clearly got love for the spiny little critter.
Known to be timid creatures, coming across a hedgehog in the wild can be just as exhilarating as finding money on the floor. That’s why Joseph Farrugia just had to pull out his camera when he found not one, but a family of five hedgehogs casually napping in the corner of his fields.
“I knew something was wandering around this morning with the amount of feet on the soil and thought immediately they must be hedgehog feet!” said Joseph to Lovin Malta.
Joseph explained that he often finds small animals like snakes, lizards and shrews when cleaning up his field – but he had never seen a family of hedgehogs in all his years before
“They are creatures of the night, like clubbers,” he laughs. “But jokes aside, they are very timid mammals and only come out at night to feed.”
A wild encounter like this is rare. Joseph watched over them until they found shelter from the summer heat, and even set up an upended bucket with water for them to to drink. He also has some advice for Maltese people.
“It’s important that anyone that comes across a hedgehog doesn’t touch the hedgehog because they might hurt them or worse. Even in the streets, try to avoid hurting or killing them – they only do good!” said Joseph.
What to do if you find an injured animal
If you find an injured wild animal, do not try to help it yourself, but call Animal Welfare or Nature Trust on 99999505 for their assistance.