Oct 25 2011

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Here. Have one.


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  1. 1
    Glen Davidson

    Petting the rodent gives a different meaning to “quill in hand.”

    Leave it to the Mythbusters, if they dare.

    Glen Davidson

  2. 2

    While grouse hunting the past few days I’ve met the same porcupine three times. Browner & shorter legged than the one pictured above. Most interesting critters.

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    These critters are going to be endangered if every MRA, creotard, and GOP candidate gets one and shoves it where the sun don’t shine.

  4. 4
    Paul Coddington

    Trying to give them up? Have a hedgehog instead – they’re milder.

  5. 5

    No, no. We use only porcupines that died natural deaths after a long and fruitful life. That’s why they are decaying.

  6. 6

    I’ll wager a road-kill armadillo would serve if porcupines can’t be found.

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    Monado, FCD

    I’ve only seen dead ones on the road. You’re lucky to be seeing a live one.

  8. 8

    The ugly little bastard is having a serious bad hair day.

  9. 9
    chigau (違う)

    cute babby

  10. 10
    J Bowen

    You do it to yourself…

  11. 11
    J Bowen

    …and that’s why it really hurts.

  12. 12
    Glen Davidson

    So, soon a photo of a rusty knife?

    Glen Davidson

  13. 13

    Isn’t it adorable? Don’t you just want to hug it? I do.

  14. 14
    Glen Davidson

    Don’t you just want to hug it?

    No, the hominoid brain evolved for situations such as these.

    I would like to hug a baby, though.

    Glen Davidson

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    The Ys

    It’s cute and bears a striking resemblance to Londo Mollari.


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  17. 17

    WTF? It’s Monday already?

  18. 18

    Well, it’s already sideways, but a bit too alive for suppositorial use.

  19. 19

    The Ys:

    You win.

  20. 20
    Samantha Vimes, Chalkboard Monitor

    Sadly, yes, I do want to hug it. But I know better.
    I also want to feed the neighborhood racoons and hug them. Also not a good idea.
    Impulse control. It’s a good thing.

  21. 21

    I knew some porcupines once, subjects of a digestion study. They are skilled escape artists. And they stink.

  22. 22

    Somewhere, there is a very disappointed dog.

  23. 23

    @ Megan,

    Perhaps not. Some dogs learn from a single porcupine encounter, others never seem to get the idea.

    Like skunks, porcupines can make good pets – IF you know what you’re doing. I’ll just take it as read . . . .

  24. 24

    A snoot full of porcupine quills: Once, while light trapping for moths out in the middle of nowhere (North Dakota Sandhills) a significantly drunk hunter drove up with his afflicted dog. He asked for a pliers to remove the quills and gave us each a beer (miller beer). He was a happy drunk, which is why I can relate the story.

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    They are quite cute, they have a gait I can only describe as “toddling.”

  26. 26

    Take two. They’re small.

  27. 27
    'Tis Himself

    Here. Have one.

    That one’s no good. It hasn’t even started to decay.

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    The Ys

    @ beethovenfangirl

    You win.

    Squee! Do I win my very own Centauri porcupine? *hopeful look*

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