Porcupine Release

Porcupine Release

"Pebbles" our young porcupine is waiting for the snow to melt. The little animal was mauled by something and came to us in pretty rough shape. Medically treating a porcupine was a challenge.  Luckily there is a great network of rehabbers and we could quickly find several with porcupine experience.  Equipped with great tips and information we where able to help Pebbles to a full recovery.  Now it is time for her to conquer the world. As soon as snow will allow "Pebbles" will be released.  

Did you know?

  • Porcupines can't shoot out their quills, but they will be easily released when predators get it touch with animal. But loosing quills leaves tiny wounds and is actually painful for the animal.
  • Lost quills are replaced with new quills, but they take time to grow, just like hair.
  • Porcupines are nocturnal animals. This means that they sleep during the day and become active in the evening.
  • Porcupines can live 15-18 years.
  • In the winter, they mainly eat conifer needles and tree bark, often being trapped by deep snow in one tree 
  • The female's pregnancy lasts for 202 days
  • Babies are called porcupettes and they are born with soft quills. Soft quills will harden in the next few hours.

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