A Year After Rescuers Set This Porcupine Free, She Came Back With A Special Surprise

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The rescuers always remembered raising the porcupine fondly. They took him in as a baby and watched him grow into adulthood. And although that was a year previous, they still saw him all the time. Then one day when the animal finally returned, the rescuers couldn’t believe what he had with him.

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The story begins with a potato farmer working his land in the South African town of Hoedspruit. Now as if farming isn’t tough enough in itself, the cherished crops that were being cultivated are also a prime target for hungry animals. And among those animals are porcupines, which love the salt found naturally in potatoes.

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More generally, as well, farms make an attractive buffet for these creatures, since tool handles can be covered in residual, salt-filled sweat. Additionally, porcupines eat the sap from wood. And farms are a great source for both of these things. Because of all this, then, the prickly ones can be a nuisance on a farm and damaging to a farmer’s livelihood.

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