Scotland's only porcupette born at Edinburgh Zoo

Scotland’s only baby porcupine, known as a porcupette, was born at Edinburgh Zoo in August 31 to first time parents Zahara and Rick.

Tuesday, 12th October 2021, 12:39 pm

The porcupette, who was named Fiddich by the wildlife conservation charity’s patrons, is now six weeks old.

Cape porcupines are native to central and southern Africa, where they are fairly common, and can be found in woodlands, grasslands, deserts and rocky hills.

Porcupines’ distinctive quills are covered in hard keratin, the same material that rhino horns and human fingernails are made of.

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The porcupette was to mum Zahara and dad Rick on 31 August 2021.

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