Here is a porcupine surrounded by a pride of 17 lions on the hunt at Kruger National Park in Africa.
▼ The only defense of the porcupine are its needle sharp quills that are more than 30 centimeters long as shown in the photo.
▼ These lions appear to be intimidated by the porcupine.
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The Quills of a Porcupine are Amazing!
There are more than 20 species of porcupines and almost all of them are covered with needle-like quills that are designed to discourage predators from attacking them. The Africa Maned Porcupine’s quills (shown above) are nearly 30 centimeters long.
▼ The quills of a porcupine are twice as long as a ballpoint pen!
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These quills are very long and can be released leaving the attacker full of these tiny sharp spears which are very painful.
This porcupine’s defensive posture with its sharp quills is quite amazing to see!