Introducing Pip the Porcupine Pup

The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust recently welcomed a baby African Crested Porcupine named Pippa or Pip for short. Baby porcupines are called "porcupettes" and their quills are soft for the first few days. However in adulthood this porcupine's quills provide a potent defensive weapon. When threatened, this species turns away from its aggressor, stamps its little feet, then charges rear-end first with its sturdiest quills sticking straight out. Doesn't look like Pip or mom have too much to be upset about though in salad paradise.

Newborn porcupine Pippa Credit Colm Farrington

Newborn porcupine Pippa Credit Colm Farrington20Photo credits: Colm Farrington

Baby Cape Porcupine aka "Prickly Piggy"

This baby Cape porcupine was born June 6th at Switzerland's Zoo Basel. Unusually long-lived for a rodent, Cape porcupines live up to 20 years. Although the English name is hardly any better, we are always amused by the German translations of animal names, in this case the German word for "baby porcupine" roughly translates to "Prickly Piggy." 

Mom has food. Baby prickly pig is intrigued
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Baby porcupine zoo basel 1b rs

Perhaps nuzzling will provide access to delicious carrot
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Is there delicious carrot in this porcu's future? Tune in next week to find out.

Patriot the Porcupine at the Central Florida Zoo

Born on the 4th of July at the Central Florida Zoo, this tiny South African crested porcupine was aptly named "Patriot." Weighing 1lb at birth, South African crested porcupines are born with fully formed quills, which are initially soft as hair but harden within 24 hours. Baby porcupines are also called "porcupettes!"

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Porcupine affection is a delicate affair.
Baby porcupine central florida zoo with mom

Patriot the porcupine meets the family
Baby porcupine central florida zoo with family

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Two Week Old Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine

Prehensile-tailed porcupines are born with soft, reddish quills which eventually turn in to hard spikes as it grows. “Prehensile-tailed” refers to the fact that this tree-living species uses its tail to grip and hang on branches. This  porcupine, pictured here at two weeks old, is on exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's  Small Mammal House.

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Photo Credit: Jessie Cohen/Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Date July 1, 2008