A Close Encounter of the Prickly Kind!
A very sweet young porcupine waddled into the yard for a visit. I am so glad I caught sight of him out the window and grabbed my camera. He headed right over to the compost pile to munch on the fresh garden clippings for a while.
Porcupines are gentle creatures and extremely near-sighted so I was able to get quite close. I did my very best imitation of a mama porcupine and called to the little one and he came right over to me. He showed off his bright orange teeth to me and I talked to him for a minute. He seemed enthralled. Then, he decided to waddle back to the road and I was so afraid that he would be hit!
It is not easy to herd porcupines but I kept him on the side of the road until the coast was clear and then encouraged him to cross. I stood in the road in case a car came and of course one did. I waved my arms like a crazy lady and they stopped. We all watched little Prickly waddle across until he was safely on the other side. (How does a porcupine cross the road? Slooooowly!) Just another normal day at my house! (Extra photos of Prickly...)