||One year old|
||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
is Spike, he is almost a year old and definitely the most spoiled
porcupine I've ever seen. He's telling me here we're out of cookies.
We found him [Spike] when he was just a little baby, he was sitting out
in a field all by himself and weighed all of about one pound we wrapped him
in a jacket and brought him home. When we got him home the jacket he
was wrapped in was full of quills! After a couple of days we could touch
him. Now Spike weighs about ten pounds and is growing every day. The
original idea was to help him get his health back, fatten him up a bit
and then take him back to where we found him. Well, he is such a baby
now. He cries when we put him outside and snuggles me like a big teddy
bear! (I do not have any problems with the wildlife department because
he is a rodent, and there are no laws against owning porcupines.) He
doesn't even want to eat anything he's supposed to. He wants whatever we
have and loves bananas and bread. He is so spoiled he makes me take the
crust off his bread and if it's not fresh - forget it! He doesn't
He is a wonderful pet. He is very affectionate and loves everybody.
Porcupines are nocturnal but Spike is far from normal. He likes to be
awake when the people are. We have never had a problem with quills
because they are protection for the porcupine and only raise their back
if they feel threatened or danger. Spike has no idea what a threat is so
therefore always has his quills down. His favorite friends are our two
dogs and three cats. He plays with all of them and likes to snuggle with the
cats [I guess because they are soft]. He jumps right up on our dogs and
they wrestle together and he'll spin around in circles and run through
the house . He is a lot of fun to have around. He loves to lay on me and
be petted for as long as I will let him.
He also loves all people but especially me [his mom] Even though Spike
is very sweet and gentle, just like all porcupines he does have about
30,000 quills on his body!! The quills are located underneath a thick
coat of hair so it is very easy to pet and snuggle him without ever
feeling the very sharp quills. The porcupine uses the quills in defense
when they are scared or threatened. Spike has no idea what a threat is
and therefore his quills are always laying flat on his back causing no
harm to anyone.
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and how we got him.
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