Today we introduce to you Teddy Bear, a North American talking porcupine. This adorable little face makes the cutest sounds ever! His caretaker gives him a treat – sweet corn. Teddy loves it so much, he can’t stop mumbling about it. But when the lady asks him to share with her, Teddy refuses and starts to complain loudly. I’ve never heard a porcupine, and Teddy put a smile on my face. Please, enjoy and SHARE this cutie with your friends. Thanks for watching!
The word porcupine is a derivative of the Middle French word “porc d’espine”, meaning “thorny pig.” Old English variations include “porcupyne” and “porcapyne.”
There are 29 species of porcupines all over the world. The North American porcupine is the only species that lives in the U.S. and Canada, and is the largest of all porcupines. This species are great climbers. They have carved claws on each foot to help them climb to get those juicy spring buds and leaves. The backward pointing hard quills located under the tail help them to stay on tree branches. Porcupines also eat bark and stems, fruit, and they have been known to chew on canoe paddles.
Porcupine’s quills are actually hairs that have modified as a part of their defense mechanism. A single animal may have 30,000 or more quills. Each quill boasts between 700 and 800 barbs along its tip, that’s why it is hard to remove it. Some quills, like those of Africa’s crested porcupine, are nearly a foot long. Baby porcupines have soft quills at birth, which harden within a few days. Each quill has a topical antibiotic, so if you get attacked by a porcupine it will not necessarily lead to an infection. This is a defense mechanism that prevents an inflammation if a porcupine accidentally pokes himself. Hollow quills also help porcupines with swimming, keeping them afloat.