- Baby porcupines are called porcupettes. They are born with soft quills which turn hard within hours of delivery.
- Quills that are lost during defense will grow back.
- The quills are a voluntary muscle - they can lay on their back but are activated as a defense mechanism.
- They are nocturnal, have weak eyesight, and rely entirely on their nose for food!
- They are the third largest rodent in the world!
- Their quills are self-medicated with a topical antibiotic. A porcupine attack with thus not necessarily lead to an infection. This is done to prevent the porcupine from accidentally being self-quilled.
- They are not aggressive unless they feel threatened.
Aren't porcupettes cute?
This is definitely what I saw on my hike!