I’m just in from photographing this cute little guy! I want to thank the wonderful owners of Log Dreamin Bed and Breakfast for tipping me off on this youngster.
I have never seen a baby porcupine, I think it is a fairly rare sight. As exciting as it was to watch such an animal feed and wander about, a part of me couldn’t help but be sad. Typically, the single off-spring of a porcupine female stays very close the it’s mother, and isn’t fully weaned and able to leave the den site until October. The adult porcupine typcially seen in this area hasn’t been spotted in weeks – I’m not so sure this one isn’t now on his own. seeing such a young, typcially nocturnal, forest dwelling animal out in the open during the day is probably not a good sign – it probably isn’t learning these things from its mother. I hope it makes it!
Update: Later this evening, this little guy was reunited with it’s mother! I was told the adult was about 5 times the size of the baby.