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.
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.
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.