Badass Porcupine Fights Off Pride Of 17 Lions In South Africa
Who’s the king of the jungle now?
“This is not an ideal place to be, especially if you feature on the menu of a lion!” Lucien Beaumont, who captured the footage, wrote on the reserve’s blog.
But, as it turns out, the porcupine wasn’t planning on becoming dinner that night. Beaumont wrote:
“The porcupine began to run backwards into any lion that would come too close for comfort, a common defense mechanism for a threatened porcupine. If the porcupine manages to get close enough to a predator, it does not shoot its quills as many people may think. Rather the quills have micro-barbs, which hook into the face or paws of a predator that may get too close. The quills simply pull out of the porcupines skin without causing damage to the prickly creature. The predator then has to deal with a painful quill.”
The lions eventually gave up and disappeared into the night.