Porcupines

There are many porcupines that have come through the Abbe Freeland Animal Sanctuary. Some with forever homes here are Zola, Sully, Gideon, Quillian, Quill and more with many that come and go as they can. Many have gone through major trauma like Mimosa, a juvenile North American Porcupine, has somehow sustained brain trauma. Sully is our most popular porcupine and is used as an educational porcupine that will live with us forever. 

Did you know porcupines identify trees that have the leaves they want to eat at night, by smell? Not all trees of the same species taste the same. The porcupines mark the trees that taste good by spraying their urine on them. They can identify those trees up to a week later.

Porcupines store food for the winter on their bodies in the form of a thick layer of fat under their lower back. The fat serves as a food reserve as well as insulation. Porcupines that do not store enough fat prior to winter, often do not survive a long winter. They eat a lot of acorns, beechnuts, and fruits in the fall time. They love pumpkins, apples, carrots, corn, sweet potatoes and love special treats of milkweed.

In Loving Memory of Zusha