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Watch Spike the Lake Superior Zoo porcupine dance

Spike is an orphaned, hand-reared porcupine who, due to his close relationship to humans, was deemed unreleasable. Lake Superior Zoo gave him a forever home. Jessica Shold, Spike’s keeper at the zoo, says he has exhibited this “dancing” behavior his entire life — the result of being raised by humans instead of porcupines.

“We have a daily enrichment and natural feeding program in place as well as positive reinforcement training to ensure he has the best possible welfare and is content for his entire life,” Shold says.

Music: ZZ Top vs. Pink.

4 Comments

Ramos

about 3 years ago

Thirty seconds of my life have just been irretrievably lost. Please don't do that again.

Paul Lundgren

about 3 years ago



Sorry, Ramos. Allow PDD to make it up to you with 3 hours, 17 minutes and 14 seconds of scintillating excitement.

Helmut Flaag

about 3 years ago

"Positive reinforcement training." Lol. Like in Clockwork Orange? Somebody needs to shoot that thing in the head and put it out of its misery. I guess in the classic American sense of values, at least it puts on a good show. Old Faithful. Somehow reminds me of my own reaction to all the crappy bands/culture you can't avoid nowadays living in the USA. Rocking back and forth, pretending it's not real.

Chris

about 3 years ago

Daily enrichment, natural feeding AND positive reinforcement !? Wow, in many ways one could not really ask for more.

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