Porcupette

It’s taken 6 decades for me to find out that a baby porcupine is called a porcupette:

Pictured: Rare porcupette born in UK takes a seat in keeper’s hand
A rare species of porcupine that is notoriously hard to breed has given birth on Christmas Day in Kent

This isn’t important, of course it isn’t, but just the name – let alone the piccies – is producing an excess of squee.

13 thoughts on “Porcupette”

  1. From the article “….. and is the only park in the country to hold a breeding group of mixed sexes.”

    Gosh. Perhaps having mixed sexes was the trick to getting them to breed.

  2. I bet it’s difficult for them to breed under any circumstances. Getting on board must present a few difficulties.

  3. Film of the process might well be illegal in some jurisdictions. The male pisses on the female to soften the spikes first….

  4. ‘The male pisses on the female to soften the spikes first….’

    Oh shit!!! Ooops I’ve got it wrong haven’t I? But one does wonder whether it’s only porcupine piss that works.

  5. Only one way to find out, Boganboy. I have got an EU grant for Richard “Dick” Murphy to be filmed making the attempt. Polly is trying to get herself together for an attempt with a male porco

  6. A little off-topic, but it is about a porcupine, the P-class destroyer HMS Porcupine G93. Tim doesn’t mind a bit of RN humour-gone-official.

    Porcupine was under the command of Commander George Scott Stewart RAN when U-602 torpedoed her whilst she was escorting the depot ship Maidstone from Gibraltar to Algiers on 9 December 1942.[3] U-602 fired four torpedoes at Maidstone, one of which hit Porcupine; the other three missed both British ships.[4]

    The attack killed seven men but left most of the ship intact – except for critical localised damage that nearly split the ship in two.[2] The destroyer Vanoc rescued all of her crew except a skeleton contingent. After topweight was jettisoned in an attempt to reduce an increasing list, Exe took her in tow. The next day a French tug took over and delivered Porcupine to Arzew, Algeria.[2]

    In March 1943 she was towed to Oran, where she was declared a total loss.[2] French dockworkers there cut the damaged ship into two halves before a decision was made to strip them of all guns, ammunition, mountings, stores, etc., and tow them to Britain. The two parts were ballasted and brought to Portsmouth in June.[5]
    Once the two pieces were back in Portsmouth, the fore part of the ship was known informally as HMS Pork, and the rear part as HMS Pine.[3] Reconfigured as accommodation hulks, the two halves were commissioned under those names on 14 January 1944 as Landing Craft Base Stokes Bay, in Portsmouth.[3] They were eventually paid off on 1 March 1946, before being recommissioned for the Commander of Minesweepers on 1 April 1946.[3] Porcupine then became a tender to HMS Victory III.[3]

  7. I bet it’s difficult for them to breed under any circumstances. Getting on board must present a few difficulties.

    Doesn’t it require shaving the spines off the tail, according to a song I dimly recall?

  8. Chris, I seem to recall that that song involved a hedgehog, which alone of animals, enjoys comparative safety on shipboard. Just a pity that hedgehogs don’t have tails

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