Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Amazing Animal Facts: Porcupines

Porcupines are awesome. I was saw one in the wild when I was on a hike, and I was surprised at how large it was! But the one thing I was unsure about was whether a wild porcupine was dangerous. Here are some interesting facts about porcupines!

  • 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!

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