Photo: Feeding time in the trees

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A porcupine feeds in a pussy willow tree along the Perseverance Trail late Monday afternoon. The second largest member of the rodent family, after beaver, the porcupine likes to feed on vegetation, especially budding bushes and trees. Porcupine quills, which become hard approximately 30 minutes after birth, are hollow and buoyant allowing them to swim across wide streams and lakes if necessary.

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