During a game drive last night, Paul followed 2 beautiful porcupines who did not want to be admired for too long by our guests. They did however stop and pose for few minutes when they reached a narrow stream which could have well been hiding crocodiles.
Porcupines are Africa’s heaviest rodent weighing up to 23kg. They have powerful digging claws and excavate extensive burrows.
As a warning they vibrate their quills making a rattling sound, when provoked they will charge backward and the heavier quills which are directed backward and are only lightly rooted easily become detached. They can cause severe and even fatal wounds if deeply embedded.
It’s a popular belief that the nocturnal porcupine can ‘shoot’ it’s quills, but this is not true.
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