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Baby porcupine vs. gravity (we all win here)

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Editor

Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.

Nearly three weeks old now, our little porcupine baby is making bolder choices during outdoor adventures. Porcupines are natural climbers and the porcupette's instincts drive it to scamper up each mound, log and tree root it spots.

Sometimes we need to be there with a helping hand.

A heavily gloved helping hand.

Because a baby porcupine tumble-and-rescue needs to be watched on infinite loop, here's that moment again:

Don't worry, little one. Gravity always gets me down too.

Though the porcupette is brave when exploring, it's also perfectly content to stay in its den for as much as possible. That's where it nurses with mom in the evening and the darker coziness appeals to these primarily nocturnal animals. Its time outside can be pretty irregular but lucky trekkers through the Northern Trail might spot this little one on their next visit. The baby will spend more and more time outside of the den over the coming weeks. You can also look for older sister, Skyáana, who shows off some much more impressive climbing skills during the Ambassador Animal program, offered daily at 1:00 p.m.

Hello, Skyáana. Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.