Now here’s one for the wildlife lovers…
We’re getting to the end of Winter and Spring is finally beginning. Although for us that means planting ourselves firmly at a street-corner cafe on a breezy table with a good book, for our prickly friend the humble hedgehog it means they’re starting to come out of hibernation!
Hedgehogs are a marvelous and beloved creature – having recently been voted the UK’s favourite mammal – and sadly they’re in decline. Enter Massimo Vachetta – an Italian veterinarian who, after finding and nursing an ailing hedgehog who he names Ninna, begins his quest to set up a hedgehog sanctuary.
But this book is about so much more than adorable hedgehogs – it tells of how Ninna helped Massimo to feel whole at a time when he felt most lost. It’s an uplifting and inspiring read – it will make you laugh and cry in equal measure, and make you appreciate the smallest and least appreciated. As Massimo says in the book:
“Ninna has heightened my desire to help the smallest, the most forgotten … every creature, even the smallest, is precious”