A Prickly Joke for Kids: Porcupines!

[Beautiful porcupine photo by Susan Stevenson, of susanstevenson.com]

[Beautiful porcupine photo by Susan Stevenson, of susanstevenson.com]

My own AK Kid reminded me this morning that it had been quite some time since I provided a joke for the Kids’ Corner, and of course he was right.

Young people, here’s a question in honor of Valentine’s Day and the month of February:

Q: What noise do porcupines make when they kiss?

A: “OUCH!” 

Gotta watch those quills.

Porcupines are amazing creatures. They are actually rodents, with a Latin name of “quill pig,” and it’s a good thing they have those quills; the prickly coats remind predators that this is no meal to mess with!

Contrary to popular belief, porcupines do not “shoot” quills, but the quills will detach quite easily when touched, and if your dog has ever tangled with a porcupine, you know how easy that is.

Snickers, a resident of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, peers out at curious visitors.

Snickers, a resident of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, peers out at curious visitors.

Porcupines love to climb, and spend most of their lives hanging out near or in trees. If you’ve visited the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage, or the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, you’ve seen the slow, steady climb.

A single porcupine can have up to 30,000 quills, which is why they might say “Ow!” when kissed by their mate.

Enjoy your porcu-facts!

~EK

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