Mama Porcupine Bonds With Her Adorable Brand-New Porcupette At The Orange County Zoo

by Grace Eire
Grace plays in a band and is the mother to a black cat named Fitzhugh.

The North American porcupine is covered in sharp quills, yes, but that does not detract from its cuteness.

You just probably don’t want to walk up to one and ask for a hug. These animals look like they’re part miniature bear and part hedgehog. Think about that for a moment, let it sink in, and then bask in the cuteness.

This pregnant porcupine at the Orange County Zoo was minding her own business as usual one day, when all of a sudden her handlers noticed that she looked a little bit uncomfortable.

Normally, this would be an alarming sign, but on this day?

Instead of getting worried, the zoo staff got excited and readied themselves for a big day.

Within a few hours, the Orange County Zoo had welcomed another porcupine into their community. Here, the mama and baby bond together during the first moments of the little one’s life.

Do you know what a baby porcupine is called? It’s almost as cute as the creature itself, so brace yourself for this crucial piece of information: a baby porcupine is also known as a porcupette. I thought it was made up at first, but it’s true!

It’s simple moments like this that make you really appreciate the miracle of life. It’s not every day you get to see a newborn porcupine before its quills even harden.

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