“Have you heard of Darcy the Flying Hedgehog? You either already know about this spiky Instagram star or are too far behind.”
“If you’re not following Darcy the Flying Hedgehog on Instagram, then what’s wrong with you? She is the cutest, classiest ball of quills ever filtered on the photo network.”
(The Huffington Post)
“Why aren’t you following Darcy the Flying Hedgehog on Instagram yet?”
Overwhelmed by and fed up with this crescendo of internet voices, I rushed to check out Darcy the Flying Hedgehog on Instagram and, naturally, fell in absolute love with her.
For more information about the new Insta-star, check out this post on Instagram Blog.
The web says this one is Shota Tsukamoto’s favourite pic because it has that air of the surreal the hedgehographer was striving to convey.
Is 3 years a big age for a hedgehog?
The web also says Shota Tsukamoto deliberately leaves his pics captionless as it frees the viewer’s imagination. Apparently not a HONY-inspired project.
Probably, this one is the penultimate shot of Darcy as the hedgehog, claims Shota Tsukamoto, got too old. Instagrammer community worldwide is sobbing over the sad news.
This post, however, is not an invite to join the craze about the new star, but rather a simple consideration: what if the life and instagrammed adventures of Darcy contributed to saving this endangered species from extinction..?
Think: in the past, it already happened once – thanks to Walt Disney most of us have successfully developed the so-called Bambi syndrome which, as Yuriko Saito put it, is “our tender emotion stirred by the sentimental image of all deer as Bambi” (Y. Saito, Everyday Aesthetics, 2007).
Imagine: in the future, we might well develop a new kind of sensibility – the Darcy syndrome… If that can save the hedgehogs then I say: hello and welcome!
PS. If you haven’t yet, go check the cutest hedgehog ever on @darcytheflyinghedgehog
Words by Jurga