The word Hedgehog first appeared in 1450. The animal was also known as the “Urchin” and a “Hedgepig”. For years it was the “Shadow” creature that predicted the end of winter but since it was so small it was replaced in 1887 by the Groundhog, which is a different create. Hedgehogs make good pets but they are a lot more difficult to take care of than people generally think. So make sure you want one before you buy one.
How to celebrate – Get a hedgehog. Choose your pets wisely. See if you can find the hedgehog mentioned in any 1450 literature.