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Warning: some of the images attached to this news story may be disturbing (if you have a fear of outsized mammals, or spikes).
A 12 feet long, 7 feet tall hedgehog has emerged on Clapham Common in London, amid scenes reminiscent of a particularly cute Godzilla movie, and begun rampaging around, terrifying toddlers, joggers, and skateboarders alike.
The beast, known locally as Prickly Bob, has been approaching members of the public for help in locating 10 feet long earthworms and other outsized bugs to eat. This, even for a tolerant city like London, has caused no small outcry, but whenever anyone attempted to shoo Bob away from the children (someone was thinking of the children), he merely rolled into a ball, grumbling.
Thankfully, the hedgehog’s owners (and creators) turned out to be the UK TV channel Watch, who’ve unleashed this fearsome, and rather snuggly beast in order to promote a new TV show, fronted by Sir David Attenborough.
Natural Curiosities takes a look at common animals with interesting evolutionary quirks, like the hedgehog’s spines.
Here’s David explaining what the appeal of this spiky hedgerow companion is:
Which only leaves one question. What exactly do you do with a 12 feet long hedgehog when you’re done with it? It’s hardly playground material.
Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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