A porcupette has been born at the Zoo!

porcupette
Photo via Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

Ed. Note: Porcupette is my new favorite word.

From the National Zoo:

“The Small Mammal House welcomed a prehensile-tailed porcupette yesterday afternoon! The baby appears to be doing well and is nursing. The porcupette will stay on exhibit with parents Bess and Clark for several months. We don’t know yet if our porcupette is a male or female.”

7 Comment

  • it’s so cute!

  • Emmaleigh504

    what a cute little creature!

  • andy

    so porcupette is not a word for a porcupine baby?

    • andy

      further googling has led to the conclusion that a porcupette is a word for a porcupine baby. i am enjoying this.

  • I’m assuming those are long hairs and not actual quills – otherwise, a porcupine would surely have to hold the record for the most painful birth and delivery ever! But yeah, that little guy/gal is super cute, in a weird way!

    • Hahaha — I was having the same thought (about delivery with quills).
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      Cute porcupettte!

    • Well, you simply wish as human mamas do: head first. It’s the feet-first-against-the-grain births that surely drive porcupine mortality rates up!

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