I had no idea that porcupines could make any noise, much less this farrago of sound:
I wonder if it could chat with the Serpent in Genesis?
If you had seen this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz3btMhdQ6Y you’d know :D
Porcupines are cuuute.
Awwww. I never heard of a prehensile tailed porcupine. You can see his little ears!
Wow. ‘Hey, hey, hey!
I love the end when the Porcupine says in its whole-bodied way, “This interview is OVER!”
Ah this must be Teddy who eats corn as well and usually appears dressed for different holidays. His noises and actions are similar to guinea pigs.
Yup. Same rodent, and your cousin of not quite an hundred million years distance.
Yeah I remember looking it all up when I saw how Teddy behaves as my guinea pigs behaved identically when I had them.
I loved one of the comments on youtube,
“…this porcupine has made more sense than the last 40 years of presidents and congressmen.”
Someone has the job of dressing a porcupine? How do they dress themselves for the job, mediaeval armour?
I had been imagining a little Pilgrim costume, with hat.
That would be pretty awesome.
OMG Diana, PORCUPINES play chess, too!
Wow! Who knew?!
Well usually he wears just hats as in
here for his New Year’s video.
Too funny. “Quack, quack.”
I love how the champagne bottle goes flying, and he seems to say, “‘s ok”.
Nom, nom, nom! Pretty darned cute!
More fun facts to know: At least some porcupines smell very much like stale, sweaty armpits. (Smelled and observed from about 15 feet while it was eating a strip of bark from a small ponderosa pine. Its choice of diet may have been responsible for the junior high boy’s locker room smell.)
While I was visiting a reservation in North Dakota I mentioned to my hosts that I had passed a dead porcupine on the roadside not too far away. Someone promptly jumped in his car to retrieve it – the quills being an important part of regalia decoration and porcupines being few and far between.
Ed Yong had a fascinating post last year about the the quills. The micro picture of the tip was really interesting.
Yeah, my mom’s friend is embarrassed when her mother stops to get porcupine quills off road kill.
In my teens I came across a dead porcupine while in North Dakota (or was it Wyoming?) Anyway, I collected lots of quills and I think I still have some somewhere…
Too adorable! I had no idea how great they can converse!
It’s merely the sound of total ecstasy! Comparable to what you say when eating the finest 5 star restaurant gourmet meal plus a fine old wine. Plus, maybe the animal was REALLY hungry!!
There used to be up in the woods not far from us a dilapidated shed in which dwelled a pack, herd, or pair of porcupines. And yes, the smell in the area was vivid and musty and unpleasant.
This remains my favourite Teddy video because of how he is so indignant when his human tries to take his corn.
Ohhh, sooo cute. He does talk! I heard him say, “I like that”, “it’s good’, and ‘not done yet’, nom nom nom…. :D
I bet when he was eating his pumpkin he was warning the hoomanz to get away and not try to steal his food again.
Ha ha! A lot of people thought they could hear him say things and in several languages – if you are German, you hear him say things in German for instance. It’s a good example of how humans look for patterns where there are none. :)
I didn’t hear any phrases by maybe my aural pattern seeking sub routine is busted.
Yeah, must be sorta like god of the gulps… :P
Also must be because of my years of pretending to be any-animal-whisperer. :D
Oh that is amazing! Like Smokedpaprika, I heard him say words too!
He sounds like Sesame Street’s Elmo at a helium party : )
Cute as that teddy is, I think this type of teddy might be more deserving of the “favorite” label….
Yeah but you can’t eat corn in those because the niblets fall down them.
Uh oh, We won’t go there…. ;)
Lol I was trying to set Ben up but he was too smart!
…or over at Mom & Dad’s for dinner. No, come to think of it, it’s definitely my big…brain that accounts for my success this round!
It’s like you rickrolled me, only worser.
Ha ha! I never heard of that expression/meme & now I must try it out on unsuspecting and equally as unhip friends of mine!
Any idea why they call them teddies?
I tried to find out and failed. But I did learn that they are also called camiknickers.
So, lost to the mists of time, for now at least. Thanx for looking!
Sounds like they’d be great pets as long as you wear a blacksmith’s apron and welding gloves as your normal attire. Oh, and didn’t mind the smell.
Porcupine mating habits are very amusing as well:
“As the mating season approached, young females become more nervous and excited and put more “vim, vigor and action” into their activities. They would even “seize, straddle, and ride sticks about the cage” walking erect and stimulating their genitalia with the stick.”
“He often walked about the cage on three legs, clutching at his genitals with his free left front paw. Like the females, the male rubbed his genitals on objects in the cage, and it appeared that the larger the object the more attractive as a rubbing place. ”
“When the male encountered the female porcupine he smelled her all over, then reared up on his hind legs, his penis fully erect. If the female was not ready she ran away. If she is prepared for mating she also reared up and faced the male, belly-to-belly. In this position most males then sprayed the female with a strong stream of urine (In one case, urine was measured on the lab floor 6 foot 7 inches from the point of discharge), soaking her from head to foot.”
and the most obvious part of it:
” Males do not grasp the female in any way. ”
good idea, males, good idea
Beavers can talk too. Sounds like a whole conversation. Talking Beaver
I’m glad he was bilingual!
Heehee…anyone see the hilarious, sort of bilingual movie Bon Cop Bad Cop?
I haven’t but I should ad it looks funny.
Either that’s a very small pumpkin or Teddy’s a very large porcupine.
While my wife and I were watching this porcupine yum yumming away, our
dog polished off a plate of very fine French Port Salut and crackers that we left standing on the stove. The cats are complaining that they didn’t get anything. We passed the site on to many friends. Its a hit.
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