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porcupine

two families of rodents, the New World (Erethizontidae) and Old World (Hystricidae) porcupines have long, erectile spines or quills. All are nocturnal, some are arboreal, some live in burrows. The quills are a cause of major injury to individual dogs that attack the animals. Called also Hystrix cristata (common porcupine), Erythizon dorsatum (Canadian porcupine).

porcupine fish
members of the family Diodontidae, the flesh of which is poisonous, causing hypotension, hypothermia, emesis and paralysis.
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4, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ has welcomed their newest "zoo born," a baby porcupine -- or porcupette.
JEZZINE, Lebanon: Carrying a metal trap, 35-year-old Dawoud Iskandar leaves his village of Ain al-Mir every day at sunset and wanders the mountains and valleys of the southern district of Jezzine in search of porcupines.
The quills of new world porcupines are barbed, causing them to migrate into the body of the injured animal, often with severe consequences.
A MAINE man in search of a valuable mineral cut open a dead porcupine on the side of the road and unexpectedly pulled out its baby.
RUPERT Murdoch once likened his relationship with Tony Blair to "making love like porcupines very, very carefully".
Roach makers have to go to great lengths to get hair, including plucking the hair from the hides of dead porcupines and then cleaning and sorting the hair and quills.
The philosopher Aristotle who was clearly misinformed warned that porcupines could shoot their quills over great distances, which is completely untrue," said Karp.
The conservancy established trails and named it Porcupine Hill, after a ledge area colonized by porcupines.
At this point I held some hope--not knowing the true nature of porcupines towards a food they love--that the trauma had dissuaded the animal for good.
Porcupines have 30,000 quills as their main means of defence.
That was the prickly poser facing keepers when they transferred three crested porcupines to a new enclosure.
His friend Rupert asserts that quills are great for keeping porcupines camouflaged and for protecting them from other animals.