Teddy the porcupine, or Cousin It? (video)

As I’m preparing for my colonoscopy, and Gaius is off today, you’re going to get an adorable video of Teddy Bear the porcupine, rather than any real news this morning.


I just downed my second glass of that nasty stuff you have to drink to prepare for the procedure, and man it’s awful. It’s funny, it didn’t taste nearly as bad the first time, when I had to drink a glass last night. This time, however, I know what’s coming, and the stuff made me want to throw up.

Oh the fun.

Anyway, back to Teddy the Porcupine. I thought this video might be fake, that they might have put a voice-over on it. But in fact, porcupines do make noise.

Here’s the first vid of Teddy eating a mini pumpkin, but the second video is even more interesting. You’ll see Teddy getting excited over being given some corn. It’s really kind of amazing to watch him jump around like a little kid, all excited. I had no idea you could even attempt to keep porcupines as pets.

And here’s a bonus video of Snickers, a porcupine at the Alaska Wildfire Conservative Center in Portage, Alaska.

I’d visited there before, saw a recovering eagle, as I recall, but sadly no porcupines during my trip.

Jump about 4 minutes into this video, it gets quite adorable.

Oh, and here’s Cousin It (in Italian!)

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  • Having wild animals as pets doesn’t upset me so much as people who don’t bother to do any research first, and just get something because they think it’s cute, or looks like it would be fun. Many animals that most people would consider “wild” can make perfectly acceptable companion animals, if you’re educated and skilled in their appropriate care. We have centuries of societal knowledge about keeping cats and dogs, and people often still don’t care for them properly. Any exotic pet takes that much more responsibility of figuring out an appropriate diet, appropriate enrichment, finding a vet able to provide proper care, etc.

  • TheOriginalLiz

    Thank you for that info. It always upsets me when I see people trying to make pets of wild animals. Altho, ya gotta admit – they are cute videos.

  • 2patricius2

    I think I’ll stick with my three cats.

  • Keeping a porcupine as a ‘pet’ is all relative. When they’re relaxed the quills are generally not a problem, but you’re still talking about a 20-30lb+ armed rodent. They like to climb, making your furniture, or you, fair game. They like to chew, making anything they can get their lips around fair game. They like to dig, and are capable of shredding carpeting or flooring. And they don’t smell too great either – not unlike a gym bag full of dirty, sweaty clothes that you peed on and then left in the sun for a few hours. They’re nocturnal, so they’re not going to be on a schedule that is conducive to much friendly interaction, and they’re not particularly social animals to begin with. Plus, nobody makes Porcupine Chow. In the wild, they eat things like tree bark and leaves. Not exactly something you can just go down to PetSmart and supply. The food in the videos are just treats, and not part of a normal, healthy porcupine diet. In short, Teddy and Snickers have been raised in captivity since they were babies by professional, USDA licensed, animal rehabbers. The noises Teddy is making aren’t so much ‘happy’ noises, as ‘hey, I have food, and I like it, so keep your distance or I might have to grump at you some more’.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    That’s so sweet that, I’ll need a shot of insulin. The sounds he made with that pumpkin were like the adult voices in Charlie Brown cartoons.

  • Indigo

    The Gourmet Porcupine. Adorable indeed!

  • jomicur

    Adorable is the word, all right. But somehow, having my loving porcupine led into my lap and give me a big wet kiss when I come home just isn’t something I’m ready for.

  • Thom Allen

    Unfortunately, shortly after this video was filmed, Sarah Palin got her Alaska hunting license. Snickers and the moose are now part of the decor in the Palin’s Arizona living room.

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