You Don't Want to Mess with Me
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|These peace-loving creatures are supposedly nocturnal animals, but I came across this shy one during my lunch break in the afternoon. There are soccer fields surrounded by forest just down the road from where I work. So far I have seen deer, numerous wild birds and a skunk, but have only managed to capture this guy with my camera.|
Interesting Facts about Porcupines:
*Porcupines are rodents (animals with sharp teeth for gnawing)
*They may live for ten years or more.
*Early settlers found the porcupine good to eat.
*The porcupine is a pest - it kills trees by eating the bark.
*Porcupines can swim well because of the hollow quills.
*Every summer a porcupine molts (loses its hair) but the quills do not fall out all at once.
*The Indians used the quills to decorate clothing, moccasins, pouches and birchbark boxes.
*Porcupines love the taste of salt
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This is a nice shot of old spiky here. Ours are much more spiky that your "hairy" one. You did well to establish eye contact.
Was this taken in a Zoo?
Amazing to catch sight of him in an open field like you did. You were lucky to have your camera with you. Great spontaneous shot.
Good capture you seem to have made the best of this chance encounter,hope to see more from this obviously promising site for seeing wildlife. , thank you for sharring and keep them coming.
- [2005-01-29 12:18]
Hi Lissa, A very nice pricky customer, and lucky you to have seen and nailed it.
The beady eye oggling you in a sort of under-handed way makes this a nicepicture for me.
Ours are the biggest of the African rodents, with much more quils and less hair, here being also less cold.
Sorry, my dimes are spent.
Thanks for looking and reading, and for correcting. I am NOT English speaking, so sometimes, I mess up and I'm a bit dislectic too, so mess up on the typing a lot. Robert and Adam were looking into a spell check for us non-English guys, so maybe it could also have a grammer check.
Hi Lissa! Very nice natural capture of this prickly fellow! You were lucky to get him out in the daylight! Clear and detailed, good colour too. Well done!