I had the pleasure of attending an event last night as part of the Manchester Kino Festival, O!PLA, Across the Borders, Polish Shots.
The event showcased some incredible short animations from Poland. One in particular caught my eye. DE HERINACIO, ON THE HEDGEHOG by Ala Nunu Leszyńska.
The Rochester text reads;
‘The Physiologue says that a hedgehog has the shape of a suckling piglet. On the outside it is entirely covered with spines. During the grape-gathering season the hedgehog enters the vineyard. And when it sees a good grape, it climbs up the vine and removes that grape in such a way as to make all the clusters fall onto the ground. Then it climbs down and rolls itself over them so that that all the grapes get caught in its spines This is how it brings food to its offspring.’
In the Aberdeen Bestiary, the same is written, in a slightly different manner (also note the mole, one of my favourites from the manuscript);
‘The mole, blind and condemned to darkness underground. Hedgehogs, covered in bristles and prone to roll up in a ball, carry grapes back to their young by impaling them on their spines.
Illustration: the mole is viewed from above, blind and with conspicuous pink paws for digging. The hedgehogs are seen climbing the vine, shaking it and rolling in the grapes in order to transport them home to their young.’
The image also differs slightly, but again shows the same actions, you can clearly see the grapes on the spines of the hedgehogs.