9 Reasons why the Hedgehog should be the National Animal of Estonia


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This morning, while going through the ERR news online, I came across an article discussing which animal should be the national animal of Estonia.  The first animal that popped into my mind was the small, cute and shy hedgehog.  So I’ve decided to bother you with my reasoning as to why there is no other animal better suited to be the National Animal of Estonia than the hedgehog.

  1. Hedgehogs are like Estonians, they are grumpy when you try to interact with them.  They (hedgehogs and Estonians) feel shy or anti-social and roll into an “emotional ball”!
  2. They are both fairly nervous creatures who live solitary lives. 
  3. Neither Estonia nor a hedgehog is powerful or big but they are smart and effective.  Estonians go through challenges with the same calm and cool practicality as a hedgehog does.   
  4. They are both slow but if need be, they can be quick. 
  5. As Heritage Pets website claims, “patience and lots of socialization are the key to building a trust between you and a hedgehog.” Well, if you replace ‘hedgehog’ with ‘Estonian’ it will still be very true.
  6. Hedgehogs and Estonians have a peaceful and quiet nature. But if you decide to challenge them, be careful! Hedgehogs have sharp spikes and Estonians have a spiky sarcasm. 
  7. When a hedgehog is threatened it packs itself tightly in a neat little ball. Likewise, when Estonians are threatened they unite and roll themselves into ‘Estonian Identity’.
  8. Hedgehogs are simply cute and shy, just like most Estonians. 
  9. Hedgehogs, much like Estonia are pretty awesome, yet no one knows anything about them.

Estonian Moments
Tartu, Estonia


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