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Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Prickle of Porcupines

He's got about 30,000 quills.  He can't 'throw' them, but if you get close enough, they will stick into you anchored nicely by the tiny barbs at the end of the hollow quills.

You'll be able to smell him, even if you can't spot him. Having 30,000 quills on your body means it is a tough (shall we say impossible) job to attend to hygeine the way one might like. In short, they are smelly critters...

The second largest rodent in North America (after the Beaver) and the third largest in the world, porcupines are quite astounding.  The quills protect them from most enemies, so they are calm and mostly unruffled -- leave them be and they will return the favour. They are not popular when they eat the outhouse, or the canoe paddle, or even the car brake lines in their endless quest for something salty.

Meredith sent us this picture, taken in the back fields. She tells us she has never been that close to a porcupine before.  And there was only one.

Although, should you find a group of them, the correct term to describe that is a Prickle.

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