A lady’s encounter with an odd-looking “puppy” took an odd flip when she realized it was an albino porcupine.
Luckily, Maria Gibbons didn’t attempt to pet it or rub its stomach.
It occurred June 12 close to Carthage in upstate New York, as Gibbons was ridding a four-wheeler along with her husband, she informed McClatchy News. Carthage is about 85 miles northeast of Syracuse.
“We noticed a light-colored animal walking down the train tracks … so we turned around to see what it was. We thought it might have been a puppy because it was smaller and there are dogs in the area,” she mentioned.
“Upon approaching the animal I realized it was an albino porcupine! I jumped off the four-wheeler so fast to get a picture of it! I have never seen an albino animal in the wild, let alone a porcupine!”
Gibbons’ images present it had yellow and white quills, a pink face, and it stared warily at her with pink eyes.
She didn’t enterprise shut sufficient to get damage, and was cautious to not harass it.
North American porcupines are infamous for being coated with “thousands of stiff, needle-like, finely barbed hairs (quills) for defense,” according to Wildlifehelp.org. “Porcupines cannot ‘shoot’ their quills, but the quills come out quite easily on contact,” the location says.
Gibbons shared a number of images on Facebook, the place they’ve racked up 1,000 shares and a whole lot of reactions and feedback. Reactions vary from fascination to people who find themselves freaked out on the sight.
Mark Price has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, overlaying beats together with faculties, crime, immigration, LGBTQ points, homelessness and nonprofits. He graduated from the University of Memphis with majors in journalism and artwork historical past, and a minor in geology.