Have you ever seen a porcupine with a death wish? One came visiting here, just at dusk, last Thursday. I happened to glance out the window to see the shape of a heavyweight porcupine, 6 feet up a tall 90-year-old maple tree and climbing fast.
With so many dogs around, it’s quite rare for a porcupine to risk coming quite this close to the house, so of course I grabbed my camera.
The light level was low, because it was overcast sky as well as late in the day, but I think you can see that this was not the smartest mammal in the world — skinny tree branch, fat porcupine!
Shortly after I took these photos, the wind picked up and the tree started swaying quite wildly back and forth, with the chubby porcupine way high up and clinging on for dear life… call me insensitive, but oh, how I laughed!
Our fat spiked visitor did manage to get himself back on terra firma without incident, no worries, and scuttled off through the middle of my daffodils towards the safety of the woods.