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A Note on Porcupine Quills

In 100, by Chris on November 5, 2018 at 1:55 pm

Porcupine quills have antibiotic properties. Why? Not because porcupines have embraced the biblical message to love your predators; no, it’s a form of self defense—a defense against their own self-defense system. Porcupines spend a lot of time in trees. They often fall out of trees. One researcher found that over a third of porcupine skeletons showed healed fractures from falls. To prevent the quill puncture wounds that porcupines sustain during falls from growing infected, evolution has equipped the quills with built-in antibiotics—a fortunate thing for curious and hardly predatory dogs.

One other thing: baby porcupines are called porcupettes.

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