KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 — A Japanese park in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, has gone viral after it replaced its resident hedgehog with a brush to protect the mammal from the cold.
The switch was realised by a Twitter user who uploaded a picture of the enclosure at Kuragaike Park, together with a notice explaining the change.
ブラシ見てきた pic.twitter.com/eDNuYX4z81— ぽ (@popoyo_pyn) March 6, 2021
The notice states that the hedgehog was not on display due to the cold weather.
“Instead, please observe this brush that looks like a hedgehog. Please come again when it’s warmer.”
The tweet had since received over 318,900 reactions with over 73,500 retweets.
Hedgehogs are not native to Japan but have long been sold in the island nation, where less than 20 per cent of households are estimated to have a pet, reported Australia’s ABC.
A hedgehog-themed cafe was opened in Tokyo’s entertainment district in 2016.