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   Undertoad  Friday Aug 19 08:51 AM

8/19/2005: Baby porcupines [updated: hedgehogs]

Happy Friday - this shot of baby porcupines comes with no further information, but it's similar to the shot of baby pandas from a few weeks ago and I just couldn't resist it.

For the sake of the mom, it amazes me that they come out this way

Ubergeek  Friday Aug 19 09:18 AM

OUCH!!! Now that would make a kidney stone feel like a pleasent experience.

However I think I remember reading somewhere that their spines are soft when they are born, and then within a few hours they harden and then become nasty. All the spins really are is a modified form of hair.

Amazing the adaptations nature comes up with.

Queen of the Ryche  Friday Aug 19 09:38 AM

Tribal Peirced Tattooed Guy: "Now that's a nice pair of earrings......"

Neurotica  Friday Aug 19 11:38 AM

A part of me is laughing at myself for thinking they are cute. But, I can't resist miniature stuff!

Trilby  Friday Aug 19 11:55 AM

They are so ugly that they're cute! Of course, this just makes me think of the IotD doggie who got spiked. I wonder how he's doing...

Elspode  Friday Aug 19 03:47 PM

What a bunch of little pricks!

BigV  Friday Aug 19 03:49 PM

Bullitt  Friday Aug 19 03:56 PM

I don't know why, but those lil guys remind me of jalapeno poppers. They may be small, but they can still mess you up.

glatt  Friday Aug 19 04:27 PM

Originally Posted by Elspode
What a bunch of little pricks!
Reminds me of a joke I heard a long time ago.

Q: What's the difference between Porsches and porcupines?

A: With a porcupine, the pricks are on the outside.

xoxoxoBruce  Friday Aug 19 05:36 PM

Nursing must be interesting for both parties.

gerstle  Friday Aug 19 07:05 PM

the camera angle makes it look like that person has a ridiculously large and strong thumb at the base. Hm...

What do you call that part of your hand?

Clodfobble  Friday Aug 19 08:45 PM

We called it "the drumstick" in orchestra (it was important in learning vibrato.)

richlevy  Friday Aug 19 08:58 PM

They may be cute, but they remind me of these guys.

tulzscha  Saturday Aug 20 01:20 PM

Those are baby hedgehogs, not porcupines.

Trilby  Saturday Aug 20 01:29 PM

Originally Posted by tulzscha
Those are baby hedgehogs, not porcupines.
How the heck can you tell?

Oh, and hello. Welcome aboard!

xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Aug 20 01:37 PM

Well, the hedgehogs outta the bag.

John  Saturday Aug 20 02:15 PM

The actual original picture is available here:

Undertoad  Saturday Aug 20 02:32 PM

Thanks John!

richlevy  Saturday Aug 20 03:38 PM


tulzscha  Saturday Aug 20 04:01 PM

Originally Posted by Brianna
How the heck can you tell?
My roomate in college had a baby hedgehog, it started out looking a lot like that.

RQuinn  Sunday Aug 21 03:19 AM

For anyone wondering what a baby porcupine really looks like, there's pictures and information about one born earlier this year at

If you Google for 'baby porcupine' you'll see just how common it is for people to mistake hedgehogs as young porcupines. Poor hedgehogs get no recognition.

capnhowdy  Sunday Aug 21 11:16 AM

(rap beat in background)...."can't touch this"..........

I don't think we have those down here. No room for them with all the illegals we have.......

wolf  Sunday Aug 21 03:21 PM

Originally Posted by richlevy
Thank goodness, it wasn't just me that thought that ...

xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Aug 21 03:28 PM

Damn, I never heard of a Prehensile-tailed Porcupine.

Katkeeper  Sunday Aug 21 05:41 PM

I think the baby pocupine is really cute, even though I have a fondness for hedgehogs. From reading Alice in Wonderland, and wondering about these animals that were used in croquet games, and then hearing stories aobut them when living in England.

The means of determining the sex of the baby was amusing.

Leah  Sunday Aug 21 07:24 PM

Wow how cute those two are. I hope these little guys aren't born with those prickles. How uncomfortable would that be giving birth to those? Be like passing razor blades. Ouch.

Wombat  Sunday Aug 21 07:58 PM

Originally Posted by gerstle
the camera angle makes it look like that person has a ridiculously large and strong thumb at the base. Hm...

What do you call that part of your hand?
It's called the thenar eminence. Useless fact #362.

xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Aug 21 08:40 PM

That sounds like a position at the Vatican, Wombat.

wolf  Sunday Aug 21 08:55 PM

Or from the Kama Sutra.

Isn't that the one after "Bee Taking Honey from the Flower"?

Bitman  Monday Aug 22 11:51 AM

Oddly, Boing Boing has a similar picture with the same mistake.

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