An older porcupine “shuffles” along even though I stood only about five feet in front of him, typical of their behavior…just to shuffle along, taking life easily!(notice the quills are down, he is not alarmed)
Shuffles has what is known as “Snuffles” in porcupines and other wildlife, similar to a cold, due to lack of proper nutrients, mainly greens in the diet. Here he had just finished a ball of salt I had tossed him (They love salt!) and was beginning to sneeze and cough, wiping his face with each episode of snuffling!
Photographed in Dennison Hill, New York , USA

“Sing like no one’s listening,
love like you’ve never been hurt,
dance like nobody’s watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.”
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  • Donna Ridgway
    Donna Ridgwayabout 4 years ago

    What a great photo of him, and I loved hearing about the “snuffles”!

  • They are actually quite cute when you watch them. Thanks so much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 4 years ago

    Awww… so cute, a lovely shot !!! ☺♥

  • Thanks much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyabout 4 years ago

    Love the way the light is shining on him

  • Thank you , he was a true blondie!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandabout 4 years ago

    LOL Love the story and the shot!!

  • Thanks, and shuffles send his best!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • biddumy
    biddumyabout 4 years ago
    I can sympathize with Shuffles, your lovely capture reflects how miserable I feel with the snuffles!!!
  • Thanks so much, I wanted to hand him a tissue! LOL!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 4 years ago

    Wow!! How wonderful…love this story!!

  • Thanks so much, glad you liked this!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseabout 4 years ago

    What an AWESOME capture dear Pamela!! BRAVO!!

  • Thanks Rosie, he was too cute!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 4 years ago

    Amazing close up, great work

  • Thanks so much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Lozzar Flowers & Art
    Lozzar Flowers...about 4 years ago

    What a great and interesting fellow to have around, well captured Pamela.

  • Thanks Lorraine!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Fran E.
    Fran E.about 4 years ago

    Poor thing hope he’ll find some tasty greens to get back to health.
    You’re captured it just at the right moment, simply amazing.

  • Thanks, he was not at all concerned with me being by him!

    – Pamela Phelps

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