Porcupine Returned To Her Rescuers With A Wonderful Surprise.
Despite the bad rap porcupines get, this pudgy little being was quite affectionate with the team of volunteers, and adored getting pet by the staff. Only problem was, he had very little places where sharp quills didn’t grow, so the staff had to be careful when interacting with Spikey. All in all, petting such a spikey little animal would become more and more dangerous as time went by, so would the staff members and volunteers find a way to keep cuddling and petting their beloved rescued porcupine.
To say the volunteers and rescuers at the DAKTARI Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage love what they do is a total understatement. They live for it, and they wanted to make sure Spikey felt safe, and loved. Ian said in order to interact with Spikey, "the volunteers would stroke his belly, under the arms, and behind his ears,” and in return, Spikey would, “jump on their lap and nuzzle their neck." But since everyone was making sure Spikey felt comfortable, the team of volunteers wondered if he was getting too comfortable, perhaps. Would he be able to survive on his own if and when he gets released into the wild?
Time To Go Free
Spikey went from being a tiny pint-sized little being, no bigger than the size of a CD, to the size of a five-gallon bucket. Spikey was now an adult. So the volunteers decided it was time to say goodbye to their little friend, and release him into the wild. "We just decided that he would be happier free, and if he had any problems, he could always come back for food,” said Ian. But Spikey wouldn’t just leave without leaving a few surprises for the staff.
As Spikey had grown pretty close to the entire staff, it came as no surprise that he’d find a way to reach out. Spikey ended up returning to visit the volunteers, who had at this point become almost like family. Ian claimed, "We aren't sure if it's because he needs the food or just enjoys our company." Whatever the reason, seeing this little fellow survive all on its own brought a warm feeling to those who had cared for him. After not seeing him for a few months, they were beginning to question whether or not he’d made it on his own. But Spikey was full of surprises!
The Big Surprise
Even though the entire team had thought Spikey was a male, when this rescued porcupine came back with a couple of babies, they realized that Spikey had been a “she” all along. Ian said of the confusion, "We'd thought Spikey was definitely a male, so we were a bit surprised when she showed up with babies." The entire team rejoiced as they realized their beloved porcupine brought her babies and came all the way back to show them off, so the entire team could meet Spikey’s old human family.
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