Walk with personality

I think people’s movements can reflect their personality. For example, have you ever seen high-strung people just saunter around? This got me wondering if my theory holds true in the wild?

Last week I was driving aimlessly hoping to cross paths with a beautiful buck. I secretly wonder sometimes if I miss wildlife because I’m lost in thot. Suddenly I spy a dark object in a snowy stubble field. This porcupine was hard to miss!

The camouflage might work in the trees but porky was a little obvious parked out in the snow.

The first thing I noticed was the porcupine’s style of movement which was well … methodical is a polite term. Those stubby legs are definitely not built for speed. In a little bit of snow, the legs disappeared completely and the porcupine looked like a tug boat churning away on the soft surface.

I was a bit surprised to see the size of those front claws.

For reasons that didn’t appear obvious, the porcupine crossed the road. An obstructed view of the porcupine’s undercarriage confirmed this clunky creature was not going to outrun many predators.

porcupine, Saskatchewan, winter, walk, snow, quill

King of the road – at least in the prairie back country with no one in sight for miles around. When a porcupine senses danger, it curls into a ball and extends its quills – a strategy that is more successful with natural predators than vehicles.

And wandering around a white field in a dark suit surely pointed to a little attitude. I’m guessing it might be relying on other means to protect itself.

I’d say the porcupine’s walk reflects a confident, methodical personality – it might not engender a lot of love but at least some grudging respect. I’m guessing there are a few dogs with sore noses that might agree.

That leads to the obvious question – what does your style of walking say about you?

porcupine, Saskatchewan, winter, walk, snow, quill

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I understand that all that armour doesn’t score many points in the cute and cuddly department. However, I can still find some beauty here but its entirely possible I am in the small minority again.

porcupine, Saskatchewan, winter, walk, snow, quill

It was nice of the porcupine to pose for me.

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  1. LOVE picture 3! Up here in the north country our porcupines spend a lot of time high in the trees, so we don’t get to seem them down close like this very often. We do see evidence of them, though, when they snack on our wooden door frames. LOL Fantastic pictures! :)

  2. They are amazing creatures – quite unlike our (Australian) Echidna or Spiny Anteater – they have definite quills but don’t shhot them. I’ll try to find a photo. You’ve captured this little one beautifully.

  3. Last year a porcupine was crawling down a tree as I was walking past. He stopped and stared me down, as if I were intruding on his territory. He was very confident and he scared the hell out of me. I retreated to a safe distance and he continued to go about his business.

    What does my walk say about me? Great question. I walk fast and with purpose, but I like to think I am laid back and mellow. I will have to ponder that.

    • Yes those porcupines have a lot of reasons to feel secure. Many years ago I was thankful to discover that at least they couldn’t shoot their quills. I’m glad the porcupine and I raised a question that made you ponder. Just don’t think too hard!

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  6. Our dogs regularly find these critters and ‘tree’ them for us. My husband usually catches them in an old garbage can and takes them for a ride down to the creek, where he lets them go to eat someone else’s bark… Once he brought a big one into the house so we could observe it for a bit before its big transportation debut – what amazing creatures they are up close! These are such beautiful shots of an intriguing animal!

  7. I reckon he’s pretty cute too – although definitely not cuddly! I am hoping to run into an Echidna on my travels – that is the Australian version of the Porcupine. They are not all that common here so who knows – I might get lucky.

    Great shots by the way.

  8. I just called my little boy to see this, I don’t know which of us was more impressed! Thank you so much for these picture and your description of the little critter. We both think he scores top points in the cute department, even if he’s not all that cuddly!

    • It’s impressive to get intergenerational compliments! Given all those quills, I was surprised how many people seemed to think he was cute but maybe you put it into perspective with by describing it as cute but not cuddly. I wish I would have thot of that line before posting!

  9. Stunning photos and yes cute too! We have hedgehogs that run a lot faster… I was going to say because of the cold but then remembered your photos are in snow! They also are silly when faced with cars. They need to develop more resilient spines! I really hope when my ship comes in & i get a dSLR camera I will be able to take photos like this!

    • I’m happy to introduce you to one of the most unusual creatures around here. I’m actually surprised how many people are saying it is cute – that is certainly not its reputation. Most people focus on the razor sharp quills with barbs which turns out to be quite helpful in self defence. Thanks for commenting.

    • I’m not sure about the gender but glad you like it. Many years ago my uncle’s dog was also a slow learner and I had the unpleasant experience of helping to pull quills out of its nose. Not fun!

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