North American Porcupine

Erithizon Dorsatum

Porcupine 01 by Ilona "very loving baby nursing"

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Porcupine 02 by Ilona "Pan, love, laughter"

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Porcupine 03 by Ilona "Molly, - upclose and personal"

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Porcupine 04 by Ilona "sharing the greens"

Note: a few hours after birth the young North American porcupine can climb trees and feed on solid food.

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Porcupine 05 by Ilona "Molly - on the top"

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Porcupine 06 by Ilona "Jenny Kennite - Only two days old and my very own teddy bear"

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-Porcupine 07 by Ilona "Pippin - NO, you can`t have my Fig Newtons !"

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-Porcupine 08 by Ilona "Pippin - Boo, can you see me I can see you"

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"All over they are being killed off and I`m trying to let people know more about this wonderful, loving - they will die of grief quickly at the loss of a loved one or mourn for years, are spitefull, sneaky, highly intelligent, very curious, don`t forget a thing and so much more. Very playful into ripe old age, my oldest is Misery, about 16. wonderful mother and foster mother and if another menber of the porcupine family is sick here she will babysit.

They are the second largest rodent in N. America and carry ONE babe for seven long months. One in a thousand will have twins. They will share there babies and adopt an orphan. They nurse the babe from one to two or three months."

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"Porcupines are .... rodents and the giant crested species - since it spreads from Africa into parts of Europe - has the distinction of being the largest European rodent, bigger even than the beaver. It is also the largest of the porcupines for, although there are many different species scattered about the world, none come anywhere near the size of the crested one. In North and South America the porcupines are, to a large extent, arboreal, and the South American kind even have prehensile tails to assist them in climbing. The other porcupines found in Africa and Asia are rather small, terrestrial species, that generally have fairly long tails ending in a bunch of soft spines, and this they rattle vigorously in moments of stress."

MENAGERIE MANOR © Gerald Durrell 1964

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"Sometimes when one porcupine met another face to face on a branch, they both anchored themselves with their tails, sat up on their hind legs and indulged in the most ridiculous boxing-match, ducking and slapping with their front paws, feinting and lunging, giving left hooks, uppercuts and body blows, but never once making contact. Throughout this performance (which lasted perhaps for a quarter of an hour) their expression never changed from one of bewildered and benign interest. Then as though prompted by an invisible signal, they went down on all fours, and scrambled away to different parts of the tree. I could never discover the purpose of these boxing bouts nor identify the winner, but they afforded me an immense amount of amusement."

ENCOUNTERS WITH ANIMALS © Gerald Durrell 1958

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