A Bristly Little Friend – A Riddle

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He’s cute in his face

He moves slow, with no grace

His language can be sometimes scary

He is careful and always wary.

 

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He’s a mammal, our little friend,

prefers in gardens his time to spend.

He’s immune to a snake’s bad bite

to many of us he’s a normal sight.

 

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He’s useful to gardens eats varmins and worms

if she feeds her babies she’s immune to storms.

Their fur is some special with defensive skills

They might be dangerous and are called quills.

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He’s not a mammal you would like to pat

In fall he eats more, and stuffs himself fat.

In winter he usually sleeps all the way through

until spring when he’s back, a regular view.

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When he is in danger he rolls into a ball

he’s not very big, actually he’s quite small

I guess enough hints, it’s time to lift the fog

Of course I’m talking about the hedgehog.

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(Copyright Aurora Jean Alexander, January 2017)


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