Wild Porcupine Returns To Visit Her Rescuers With A Huge Surprise In Tow

Farmers sure have it tough. Not only is their line of work physically taxing, but they’ve got to battle everything from market prices to the weather’s unpredictability in order to yield a successful crop. Needless to say, it forces them to be both resourceful and resilient.

One potato farmer in Hoedspruit, South Africa was used to nature getting in the way. When he realized that animals were sneaking into his fields and eating his potatoes, he simply set a trap.

He was fully prepared to deal with the offending varmints. Unfortunately, he wasn’t prepared for what he actually caught…

When a South African potato farmer set up some traps to catch the varmints that were eating his crops, he wasn’t at all prepared for what he was going to find. Was it a fox? Nope. How about a skunk? Not even close!

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See, as soon as he heard noises coming from the trap, the farmer rushed over to check… and he promptly discovered a porcupine! Noticing that she was only still a baby—and in need of some care—he contacted the Daktari Bush School and Wildlife Orphange, a South African sanctuary for abandoned and injured animals.

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 The school’s volunteers realized the baby couldn’t survive on her own, so they took her in and named her (appropriately) Spikey. At first, Spikey had to be bottle-fed with a special mixture of egg-yolk, cream, milk, and protexin, a protein that would help with her digestion.

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But Spikey was soon able to handle regular food, and boy oh boy, did she loved to eat! In no time at all, she was enjoying whole apples. Perhaps she realized that one of those each day might just keep the animal doctor away?


A year later, Spikey was as big as a five-gallon bucket, and the Daktari School staff decided it was time to set her free. Only, just after they did so, they were stunned to see what surprise the porcupine had in store for them…

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Not long after she was released, Spikey came back to visit—but with a huge surprise: two babies! In her time away, she had certainly been a little busy, and she was ready to bring two new kids into the world.

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The Daktari School volunteers were thrilled to catch up with Spikey and her new family! They’d grown exceptionally close to the porcupine during her stay, and they were excited to get to know her babies.

Spikey and the kids still return to the Daktari School for the occasional visit and, of course, the occasional bite to eat. Turns out, they would never forget where they can find some good food (and even better company)!

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Spikey wouldn’t have made it without her family at the Daktari School. Now, she’s made their family even bigger! Congrats, Spikey!

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