Eagle Versus Porcupine

Golden Eagle with porcupine quill.

Golden Eagle with porcupine quill.

We’re used to thinking about¬†wild animals being threatened by humans. But they also have to contend with other formidable potential foes.

“In 17 studies, dating from 1909 to 2009, [scientists]¬† found reports of at least nine bird species that had known the pain of the [porcupine’s] hostile quills, the researchers report in the current issue of The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. Included in the list were other golden eagles, a bald eagle, a peregrine falcon, a few great horned owls, several hawks, and even a ruffed grouse. In seven cases, the spines proved fatal or nearly so.”

Read the article by Emily DeMarco in Science News here.

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