One of the most frequent comments I overhear from people when seeing porcupines in trees is, "I didn't know they climbed trees".
It is one of their favourite places to hang out, nap and sometimes munch during the colder months and in early Spring, when buds start to appear on the tree branches.
And can they ever climb. They are cautious and deliberate climbers whose technique reminds me of a rock climber scaling a precipice.
This young porcupine decided it had had enough of napping in the sun and it was time for the descent, ascent and final descent to terra firma. It was back to its earth bound den for some resting up before venturing out again after sunset.