"The trouble is they're so morish," said the hedgehog. "You try one and the next thing you know you're working your way through the whole packet. Before long you're inside the packet, full, very thirsty and with no idea how to get out again."
Critics have suggested he simply leave the way he came, but the hedgehog fired back. "Have you ever tried to turn around in a crisp packet? No. And these spines make reversing an absolute nightmare. It's not like there are any exit signs, a matter I'll be taking up with Healthy & Safety."
The incident, in Weston-super-Mare, provided six people with something to do for an entire afternoon. It's the most exciting thing to happen there since The Wurzels drove through the area on the way to Bristol, causing a traffic jam and some unexpressed tension.
The hedgehog diet is often thought of as being in the recently disbanded classification of insectivore, but in fact also includes crisps, nuts, pretzels, crackers, cocktail sausages and Pot Noodles. They have no natural predators, due to their aforementioned spines, but they're not fond of car wheels. They often lie completely flat for days after contact as some kind of protest.
Of course this isn't the first meeting of hedgehogs and crisps to hit the headlines. In the 1980s, hedgehog-flavoured crisps were a surprise hit until someone complained that there wasn't any real hedgehog involved. And in 2006 McDonald's turned to hedgehog-friendly cartons for its McFlurry dessert, after a number of hedgehogs committed suicide in the original containers.
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