Trusting Porcupine

November 26, 2018

porcupine

Stylized little California porcupine greets a butterfly, drawing by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

I used to come across porcupine quills along country paths as a child. Like the otter, the porcupine is a gentle and playful, its quills are only used when trust has been broken. Porcupine quills appear to be vectors going into all directions, neither poisonous nor ejected in battle, they are buoyant, helping the little critter to keep afloat in troubled waters.