That’s right! A hedgehog has been assaulted! My gosh what is this world coming to?! To think that even the humble garden hedgehog is not safe! What kind of a country am I living in??!! This is a sad day for New Zealand. Who performed this heinous act? An excited canine? A territorial feline? The New Zealand Herald reports:
William Singalargh, 27, of Whakatane, has denied throwing a hedgehog at a 15-year-old boy hitting him on the hip and leaving a large red welt and several puncture marks.
I’m sorry, what? The hedgehog in point was actually assaulted while performing the role of weapon in a human-on-human assault? When will the assaulting end?!? The article does not comment on the resulting injuries to the hedgehog, or even if there were any. Was the hedgehog in fact alive at the time it was thrown? What makes a grown man throw a hedgehog at a teenager? Maybe it was self-defense, perhaps the 15 year-old threatened him with an echidna.
I for one would like to know the circumstances surrounding this crime as well as the resulting state of the hedgehog involved.
Who will speak for the Monotremes??