"SPRING CLEANING" - Porcupine

March 20, 2024  •  1 Comment

"SPRING CLEANING"

Porcupine - 8 Photos

 

Spring has arrived and in Calgary, Alberta, per normal, so has the snow.

 

The photos that follow were taken just over a week ago, when the sky was pure blue & the temperatures much warmer. And warmer temperatures & sunny skies can entice porcupines to climb trees after a night of foraging and bask in the sunshine during daylight hours. 

 

It was too early for the buds to appear on the tree branches, probably much to the disappointment of the porcupine. These sweet buds must be like candy to a porcupine and a much needed source of calories & refreshment after a Winter diet of bark & old vegetation. However, along with soaking up the sun's rays, there was another matter that needed attention. And that would be removing the excess hair/fur of the now shedding Winter coat from under that armor of quills (Photo #1 through to Photo #5)

 

So there was a great deal of scratching & itching involved, which involved alternative front & back feet, great for those hard to reach places. That would also include some side posturing to ensure an overall belly rub (Photo #6)

 

Grooming having been temporarily put on hold, it was time for a break (Photo #7) and finally a well deserved nap (Photo #8)

 

PHOTO #1

PHOTO #2

PHOTO #3

PHOTO #4

PHOTO #5

PHOTO #6

PHOTO #7

PHOTO #8

 


Comments

Urszula(non-registered)
What fun photos :)
I love the reddish teeth, the pads on the feet, and the big nose ready to be petted (or maybe not :)
Great details, well done!
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