This young porcupine was rescued from a yard in Marysville. A BIG HUGE thank you to our volunteer Joe for going out on this rescue. It was too scared to leave the yard after being attacked by a dog.
Porcupines are gentle natured, slow moving, and have poor eyesight. It was likely passing through the yard with its mother, when the dog cornered them. Mom probably ran up a tree to escape, but the baby ended up losing lots of quills in the attack. There are no punctures, just a raw spot - and it was terrified.
So, we will have this one with us for quite a while. It is too young to be alone, and it will take a long time for the quills to grow back. Porcupine babies stay with mom the first year. This baby was born sometime between April – June. Status - released.