We saw this crested porcupine (Hystrix Cristata) in Kenya, Africa. It is a slow moving, but potentially dangerous creature. They are monogamous and live in family groups and forage together. If bothered, they rattle a tail that makes a hissing sound, if continually disturbed they attack the predator, back end facing the enemy. They have been known to have killed lions, hyenas, leopards and others in this manner

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  • lynn carter
    lynn carter10 months ago

    amazing info, l wouldn’t want to upset this creature xx

  • lynn
    I’m with you!! those needles look long and sharp!

    – phil decocco

  • Cee Neuner
    Cee Neuner10 months ago

    Ouch!! Great shot Phil!

  • thanks Cee,
    to be avoided, just like our version of the animal

    – phil decocco

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryan10 months ago

    Sure wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of this guy! Cool critter, Phil!

  • monnie
    especially since there doesn’t appear to be a “right” side

    – phil decocco

  • Nancy Richard
    Nancy Richard10 months ago

    Anyone can see that you’re a “stickler” for detail……..LOL!

  • Nancy,
    but nothing I’d pine over for very long!

    – phil decocco

  • LarryB007
    LarryB00710 months ago

    What a shot Phil, the detail is so good, hope you didn’t need to avoid his backside!

  • larry tried to stay in front and not p——him off!

    – phil decocco

  • Peter Stratton
    Peter Stratton10 months ago

    Yep, the quills are barbed and simply work their way into their victims, either causing internal bleeding but mostly infection. Quite nasty! :-)

  • pete
    yah,yah, but kill a lion or leopard…!!!

    – phil decocco

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjes10 months ago


    2014/01/14 2 × 24hrs

  • thanks maggie,
    one of the lesser creatures

    – phil decocco

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjes10 months ago

  • maggie
    love the banner, thanks

    – phil decocco

  • Peter Stratton
    Peter Stratton10 months ago

    Most big cats get quills in their paws…infection…inability to hunt…die. Sometimes in their mouths, tooth and gum infections, inability to eat…die. Yep, an encounter with a porcupine can have grave consequences… and porky usually goes unscathed! FYI, of course! Lol :-)

  • Pete
    Sounds lik a root canal might be better!

    – phil decocco

  • biddumy
    biddumy10 months ago

    Great image and info!!!

  • Biddumy
    Thanks for your support

    – phil decocco

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