If you haven’t read The Essex Serpent, do. It is a fascinating story and very beautifully written.
The words above are from a very moving poem by Philip Larkin, reminding us all to be kind.
The mower stalled, twice; kneeling, I foundA hedgehog jammed up against the blades,Killed. It had been in the long grass.I had seen it before, and even fed it, once.Now I had mauled its unobtrusive worldUnmendably. Burial was no help:Next morning I got up and it did not.The first day after a death, the new absenceIs always the same; we should be carefulOf each other, we should be kindWhile there is still time.