#AtoZChallenge – Porcupine

The porcupine is a prickly mammal belonging to the rodent family. It eats leaves, herbs, twigs and green plants and in the winter, the North American variety will eat bark.

By Mattnad (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
The porcupine doesn’t ‘throw’ its quills like once thought but they tend to brush off. Anyone who owns a dog that’s had an encounter with a porcupine knows that the quills are difficult to remove and depending on how deeply they’ve been embedded into your pet, veterinary intervention maybe required to remove them.

By lamiot from Image:Stekelvarken.JPG (Image:Stekelvarken.JPG) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


5 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge – Porcupine”

  1. The lesson here: stay away from a porcupine. 🙂
    Lovely photo. Posting about animals has made me realize how many different kinds there are in the world. Each one is amazing.

  2. It’s been years since I’ve seen one where I live and that one was in a tree top in the neighbour’s back yard (right along the fence line). I only have one dog and am grateful we don’t have resident porcupines anymore.

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