Switzerland’s Zoo Basel welcomed a male porcupette (baby Porcupine) on April 6. Porcupettes are born with soft, flexible spines, which harden after a few days. The new baby lives with seven other Porcupines in the zoo’s exhibit.
Zoo Basel’s Porcupines are clicker-trained, which allows zoo keepers to better monitor the health and well-being of these nocturnal animals, who would rather hide than interact with keepers. The Porcupines have learned that a click means they’ll receive a tasty bite of food, so they eagerly emerge from their hiding places.
Porcupines are forest-dwelling rodents that feed on tubers, bark, roots and vegetables.
See more photos of Zoo Basel's porcupette below the fold.