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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Who's On the Porch

 
OK, I'm home alone. No one pulls up the driveway. There is someone on the porch. I open the door, and guess who is heading for a hiding place behind the snowblower.

porcupine

I rattled the tarp and made him/her scoot. Trust me, I have no interest in too close an encounter with this beastie. I think they are incredibly cute, but pulling quills out of my feet or hands with pliers does not interest me.

porcupine

Yes, it was a porcupine, right on the porch. They gnaw wood, even treated wood, like crazy. I'm not too thrilled to have this friend so close. And a dropped quill might end up in my foot, by accident.

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9 comments:

D.G. Hudson said...

Thanks for the photo of the porcupine. I haven't seen many of them.
I'm always checking on your posts, you keep me interested in your part of the country.

Ratty said...

I can understand your displeasure with having this beastie so close. It's fun to see your pictures of it though.

Lin said...

Oh WOW! That is very cool!! Not good, but cool!!

I think a porcupine on the porch trumps an opossum any day!

vanilla said...

If Porky did not chew the rim of the bucket, who did?

Secondary Roads said...

My Grandpappy H warned me to never kill one out in the woods. He said that if a man were lost out there and needed food he could easily kill Porky for a meal.

Ann said...

well hopefully it gets the message that it's not a wanted guest

Sharkbytes said...

Hi DG- We have a ton of porcupines around, but I've never had one in my yard.

Ratty- well, yes, I had been hoping for a nice picture

Lin- it trumps an opossum for concern level

vanilla- Jack Frost

Chuck- but I think skinning it would be a real task!

Ann- my guess is that's unlikely.

Secondary Roads said...

I followed Grandpappy's advice and never had to skin one.

RNSANE said...

I have never seen a porcupine. They look cute but, like you, I wouldn't relish a quill for a souvenier.

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