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Camping in Cornwall 2: Hedgehogs Are Not Cute. [20090420|21:34]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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One night during our holiday, we decided that our barbecue needed to be accompanied by toffee cake. We devoured most of the cake and then hiked to the beach-front pub near our campsite to watch the sunset and the football (Chelsea v Liverpool, Champions League, wrong result). We toddled home gently pissed some time later and went to bed, forgetting to stash the cake in the car.

About an hour after going to sleep, we awakened to distinct whuffling noises disturbingly near our feet. The bloke switched on the lamp and shone it into the "porch" of our tent. Two cake-smeared hedgehogs looked back at us from atop a shiny clean plate. They didn't even have the grace to appear ashamed and had to be escorted out with the soles of our hiking boots. We carefully cleared out the tent of all remaining (sealed) food containers, locked the car and curled up in our sleeping bags.

A short time later, the thieving little bastard and his cohort returned. They responded to our hissed commands to piss off with a series of indignant shrieks at finding their largesse removed. As we discovered in the morning, they expressed their displeasure by leaving some digested cake in the porch.

I still can't quite believe that we got mugged by Mr Snuffles.
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2009-04-20 21:13 (UTC)
Could have been worse. It could have been badgers. Big buggers they be.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-21 12:36 (UTC)
I saw badgers on this trip for the first time! Although I'm sad that all three of them were dead on the side of the motorway, I can't say I would have preferred to see them in the tent.
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[User Picture]From: prolificdiarist
2009-04-20 21:16 (UTC)
*giggle*

But, but, but... *Why* was there any cake left in the first place?! How could you *leave* cake? You devoured *most* of the cake? *Most?!*

Aghast from London...

PS Eww at Mr Snuffles' preferred method of expressing disgust.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-21 12:39 (UTC)
I know, I don't really understand what we were thinking. I'll have to blame the cider.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2009-04-20 21:24 (UTC)
Last theatre movie I saw was F13, Part eleventy-billion; be glad they were all that visited you that night. O.O

(Seriously, I dun watch horror fillums & nearly passed out in the first 20 minutes when things got particularly awful--I will NOT be going camping this summer, thx)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-21 12:41 (UTC)
I think that if I ever watched a horror film all the way through, I might go back to my childhood habit of sleeping under my bed.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2009-04-20 22:15 (UTC)
Wow. Indeed. These guys are tough.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-21 12:43 (UTC)
They are the harbingers of doom for all manner of baked goods. Hide your muffins, your croissants, your pretzels, your sweet and savoury pies. THE HEDGEHOGS ARE COMING.
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[User Picture]From: saltdawg
2009-04-20 21:40 (UTC)
Ja Mumrad Jezech!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-21 12:46 (UTC)
EXACTLY! I should have paid closer attention to your post.
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[User Picture]From: prosicated
2009-04-20 22:27 (UTC)
Awww, that's kind of hilarious. You got mugged by an aggressive, teenage hedgehog gang!
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2009-04-21 01:54 (UTC)
HASBOS all around!

I was thinking better mugged by adolescent hedgehogs than the things that could rifle your snacks around here. (Raccoons... ugly, rabid. Bears... Stephen Colbert has already alerted us to the danger they pose to our pic-a-nic baskets.)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-21 12:49 (UTC)
I suppose it was good preparation for Yellowstone later this year, where the bears would steal our cake and probably have us for afters.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-21 12:48 (UTC)
The funny thing was, we were surrounded by actual teenagers for a lot of the trip. They were on school holidays all last week so the campsite was mostly occupied by young surfers. They were much better behaved than the hedgehogs - in bed by half ten and sound asleep!
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2009-04-20 23:58 (UTC)
The nerve! Well, let them try that a few more times on other campers and let diabetes take its toll, I say. :p
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-21 12:51 (UTC)
At this rate, it's going to become a crisis in hedgehog health care.
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[User Picture]From: nationofsheep
2009-04-21 00:50 (UTC)
I had a similar experience hiking on the apalachian trail a long time ago. Tame but feral = weird disposition. They turn into street thugs. Like, "What are YOU going to do about it!?!"
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-21 12:53 (UTC)
The great thing about hedgehogs is that they roll up, which makes it easier to take an empty beer bottle and introduce them to the concept of hodgeball. Gently, of course.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2009-04-24 13:03 (UTC)
They love cream! Dad threw out some old cream buns for the bird s(he throws everything out for the birds, and the eat it *all*) but this time some hedgehogs won - Dad saw movement, shone the torch out and there was a hedgehog with it's face buried in the cream up to it's ears.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-24 13:48 (UTC)
Ha! I can easily picture that. Did he get a photo? I'm still a bit sad I didn't, but the camera was locked in the boot of the car...
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2009-04-24 14:11 (UTC)
No, unfortunately not.
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