Talking porcupine noms pumpkin

I had no idea that porcupines could make any noise, much less this farrago of sound:

h/t: Grania

50 Comments

  1. gbjames
    Posted December 8, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Most peculiar.

  2. ashdevra
    Posted December 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Seriously?

  3. boggy
    Posted December 8, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if it could chat with the Serpent in Genesis?

  4. Posted December 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    If you had seen this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz3btMhdQ6Y you’d know :D

    Porcupines are cuuute.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted December 8, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

      Awwww. I never heard of a prehensile tailed porcupine. You can see his little ears!

    • Posted December 8, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

      Wow. ‘Hey, hey, hey!

      I love the end when the Porcupine says in its whole-bodied way, “This interview is OVER!”

  5. Diana MacPherson
    Posted December 8, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    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.

    • Posted December 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

      Yup. Same rodent, and your cousin of not quite an hundred million years distance.

      b&

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted December 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

        Yeah I remember looking it all up when I saw how Teddy behaves as my guinea pigs behaved identically when I had them.

    • jesse
      Posted December 8, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

      Amazing.
      I loved one of the comments on youtube,
      “…this porcupine has made more sense than the last 40 years of presidents and congressmen.”

      • merilee
        Posted December 8, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

        sub!

    • JohnnieCanuck
      Posted December 8, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

      Dressed?

      Someone has the job of dressing a porcupine? How do they dress themselves for the job, mediaeval armour?

      • jesse
        Posted December 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

        I had been imagining a little Pilgrim costume, with hat.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted December 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

        Well usually he wears just hats as in
        here for his New Year’s video.

        • Posted December 8, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

          Too funny. “Quack, quack.”
          I love how the champagne bottle goes flying, and he seems to say, “‘s ok”.

  6. kansaskitty
    Posted December 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Nom, nom, nom! Pretty darned cute!

  7. Posted December 8, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    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.

  8. Posted December 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Too adorable! I had no idea how great they can converse!

  9. alexandra moffat
    Posted December 8, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    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.

  10. Diana MacPherson
    Posted December 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    This remains my favourite Teddy video because of how he is so indignant when his human tries to take his corn.

    • Posted December 8, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

      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.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted December 8, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

        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.

        • Posted December 8, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

          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

    • jesse
      Posted December 8, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

      Oh that is amazing! Like Smokedpaprika, I heard him say words too!
      He sounds like Sesame Street’s Elmo at a helium party : )

    • Posted December 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

      Cute as that teddy is, I think this type of teddy might be more deserving of the “favorite” label….

      b&

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted December 8, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

        Yeah but you can’t eat corn in those because the niblets fall down them.

        • Posted December 8, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

          Uh oh, We won’t go there…. ;)

          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted December 8, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

            Lol I was trying to set Ben up but he was too smart!

            • Posted December 9, 2013 at 6:49 am | Permalink

              …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!

              b&

      • Marta
        Posted December 8, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

        It’s like you rickrolled me, only worser.

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted December 8, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

          Ha ha! I never heard of that expression/meme & now I must try it out on unsuspecting and equally as unhip friends of mine!

      • Hempenstein
        Posted December 9, 2013 at 8:11 am | Permalink

        Any idea why they call them teddies?

        • Posted December 9, 2013 at 9:09 am | Permalink

          No clue.

          b&

          • gbjames
            Posted December 9, 2013 at 9:27 am | Permalink

            I tried to find out and failed. But I did learn that they are also called camiknickers.

            • Hempenstein
              Posted December 9, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

              So, lost to the mists of time, for now at least. Thanx for looking!

  11. M Janello
    Posted December 8, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    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:

    http://paulding.net/porcupine.html

    “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

  12. Posted December 8, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Beavers can talk too. Sounds like a whole conversation. Talking Beaver

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted December 8, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

      I’m glad he was bilingual!

      • Merilee
        Posted December 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

        Heehee…anyone see the hilarious, sort of bilingual movie Bon Cop Bad Cop?

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted December 8, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

          I haven’t but I should ad it looks funny.

    • jesse
      Posted December 8, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

      say Cheeeeeeese!

  13. RFW
    Posted December 8, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Either that’s a very small pumpkin or Teddy’s a very large porcupine.

  14. Steven Obrebski
    Posted December 9, 2013 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    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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