Teddy Likes Corn

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 6.49.57 AMOne of our commenters posted this video yesterday and I thought it was so funny I wanted to share it with everyone. This is Zooniversity’s North American porcupine, “Teddy Bear,” who demonstrates an surprising type of speech for a porcupine as he resists giving up a cob of corn.

I had never heard a porcupine’s “voice,” which is disarmingly cute.

13 thoughts on “Teddy Likes Corn”

  1. Teddy trusts her. If he really thought she was going to take his corn, he probably would have clawed or bitten her.
    He’s adorable.

  2. His “trainer” had a lot of confidence in Teddy’s good nature. Those claws could mean serious business!

  3. Here’s the Teddy video. The audio is key. You can hear Teddy say yummy and “I like that” twice. If you let youtube auto play, more Teddy videos will play.

  4. They are cute. It’s a misconception that they can spray quills. They have to strike a victim with their tail where the quills lodge. And baby porcupines are super cute. If they’re hand raised, they’ll follow you around everywhere.

  5. If you slow down the sound, the porcupine is singing:
    “The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye,
    An’ it loooooks like its climbin’ clear up to the skyyyyyy….”

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