The field of hay is coming up nicely, and I thought I’d shoot a picture of it for you.
But then I noticed something was moving, fairly slowly, fairly near me. When I realized what it was, I got out of the truck and went over with my phone set on “camera.”
Years ago I got to watch a dog get a faceful of quills (a sad experience for all!) and I can tell you it’s a myth that they can shoot quills. What they can do is spin very quickly, and whap stuff with the edge of their tail. You’ll notice the predominance of quills along the edge? It’s quite a weapon.
I assume that’s all controlled by erector pilii muscles – when I got near him the entire shape of his quill-deployment changed into that weird belly-band, as he spread the quills for maximum deterrence.
Porcupines are not very bright and not very fast. He kept trying to leave but I could easily head him off and take more pictures. I did not interfere with him long, we were both tired and had somewhere else to be.
Look how tall the hay is getting – that’s 2 weeks of growth!