Kemosabe is an elderly (11-year-old) porcupine with special dietary needs due to a history of dental issues that have left him with only one tooth. In this episode of Animal Wonders Montana, Jessi Knudsen Castañeda feeds Kemosabe strawberries, blueberries, grapes, pears, and watermelon as he chirps, chatters, nibbles and nomnoms. Can you hear him saying ‘banana’ and ‘yeah’?
Coendou prehensilis or Brazilian porcupines can be found across South America. Kemosabe was rescued by the organization in 2010.
This shy, nocturnal porcupine is solitary or lives in pairs in the branches of trees. During the day it rests in a cavity in a hollow tree or in a well-shaded area of the canopy, 6 to 10 meters above the ground. It rarely descends to the ground, but it shows little fear if it happens to be caught. It is not aggressive but will defend itself ferociously if attacked. Its diet consists of leaves, fruit, and small fresh twigs and shoots… When excited, porcupines stamp their hind feet. Vocalizations consist of growls and cries. If caught, the porcupine rolls into a ball. The prehensile tail is used to curl around branches when climbing.
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