When it comes to ornate, lots of mammals take a back seat to colorful birds and intricate insects, but not #porcupines!While their quills are used for defense, I think they are quite beautiful, and I consider porcupines to be well-accessorized and even #fancy. The Indian crested porcupine does not appear to be well-studied, but in the crested porcupine, defense moves include “fluffing” their quill and crest (see my twitter @fancyscientist for a GIF of quill erection), rattling their tail, stamping their feet and growling, and finally a backward/sideways attack. One study reported a porcupine forcing a young hunting dog to take refuge inside the porcupine den and fatally impaling the dog by quills😱. Porcupines are large rodents, but tough rodents🐀. .
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