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Eye of the Needle
πŸ“Έ by @markkaptein_wildlife

Leopard with a few souvenirs

Lucky for the attacker in this case, the quills of the african porcupine are not kitted out with the barbs found on the tips of their North American cousins’ defensive armament.

These barbs make removal of the quills extremely difficult and painful as they are arranged to pierce the skin easily but open up and dig in when eviction is attempted.

The quills of the african porcupine are extremely sharp and have very hard tips that allow the quills to pass deep into any would-be attacker, although without the barbs on the end, removal is at least somewhat easier.

It’s important to note that neither the African porcupine or the North American porcupine has the ability to shoot their quills from a distance.



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