Hello dear readers!
After a long hiatus this summer, BMS Cartoons is soon returning.
This summer, I’ve gotten really busy as Editor of Synapse, the UCSF newspaper that publishes my cartoons in a biweekly column during the school year. I’m also, idk, trying to do enough work in lab to graduate at some point in this lifetime? (I’m hoping me being Editor doesn’t just mean that the newspaper becomes insufferably snarky. But maybe there’s no such thing!)
You can get regular updates from me through the Synapse Facebook page (perhaps slightly more regular than this blog right now, whoops).
Also, if you follow me on Facebook, this is probably the third time you’re seeing this hedgehog photo from my Philippines trip, but it’s so cute! LOOK at its silly little face and its tongue sticking out and its fuzzy belly! LOOK AT IT. California, why do you not allow hedgehogs as pets??
And for me, it’s a reminder of how awesome it is to be alive. Literally. My UCSF friend (that’s her hand holding the hedgehog) and I got lost in the woods and climbed up a wall of thorns before finding the path again, and then we saw that there was a store selling hedgehogs! So we asked to hold one, because we were thinking, “Eff, we just climbed up a wall of thorns and could have been bitten by a motherloving cobra. We deserve to hold a tiny adorable animal and have this tiny adorable animal lick our hands with its tiny adorable tongue.”
Anyway, I digress. Point is, being alive is mostly awesome, and hedgehogs are cute. I also like to think my blobs with faces are cute. I will be posting my doodles of blobs with faces again soon, and this year, I’ll post them BEFORE they reach Synapse. But you should still check out Synapse too. We have cool content. Sometimes it’s snarky because it’s written by grad students. We have a lot of built-up snark.
Oh, and to make this post pretend to be scientific, here’s a fun fact about hedgehogs!
In New Zealand, hedgehogs are considered to be an invasive species to native insects, lizards and ground-nesting birds. (Normally, hedgehogs only eat insects, but these have had to expand their diets because they kill so many insects and have no natural predators.) In Scotland, folks tried to kill off invasive hedgehogs to protect the native birds starting in 2003, and these attempts were met with rage and legal action. Here are some of the responses from children all over the world, some of which are funny and cute, some of which are actually pretty impressively intelligent:
“Instead of moving the hedgehogs or killing them, why not move the birds to a new location.”—Katie, 10, Colorado, USA
"I think that they shouldn’t kill the hedgehogs because they don’t know that they shouldn’t eat the eggs, they haven’t been told. They don’t know it’s making these bird’s extinct. Just like us they are trying to survive, and just like us they have to eat too."—Leah, 11, Tunbridge Wells
“I agree with the protection of the endangered birds on the island off Scotland. However, I disagree with the proposed plan which seems to me the most convenient for people. I saw on a TV programme a woman from the Hedgehog protection society claiming that they had put forward a plan to remove the hedgehogs from the island and relocate them on the mainland. But the man she was talking to never responded to her statement and just kept saying that a cull was the only way to deal with the problem. Surely with the use of humane traps and some intelligent people, these hedgehogs could be removed from the island without them dying. I do not believe that killing them is the only option and if you do believe that killing them is the only option then I think you are not very smart.”—Teya, 11, Leicester
“I have a hedgehog in my garden who creeps into my old rabbit-hutch where I leave food for him, I call him Gareth Gates. If that isn’t cute enough to spare their lives, I don’t know what is!”—Sophie, 10, France
“I find hedgehogs one of the most adorable creatures on the earth. Killing them off WON’T solve their problem. They will also be ruining the food chain which will end up making other animals endangered as well.”—Katherine, 11, Alton
There you have it. Cuteness and science should be sufficient reason to save anything. I got sucked into reading all of those responses over at the BBC.