The first little orphan of 2022 is this very young baby porcupine.
He was found with his dead momma, who had been killed by a car. A kind Samaritan brought him to Wes, late in the evening of April 7th. The poor little guy is so young that his umbilical stump is still attached.
We are all working hard to keep the little fellow stable and strong, and hope that he can be released safely once he is old enough. Please keep him in your thoughts.
Porcupines usually only have one baby at a time (rare cases of twins are seen), and the babies are born with soft quills that harden within hours. Although they can start nibbling on vegetation by around two weeks of age, they aren’t fully weaned till three months. Baby porcupines, called porcupettes, stay with their mothers until they are around 6 months old.
This little fellow must feel quite lost without his mom. We will do our best to raise him to be strong, healthy, and survival-savvy.
If you would like to support NY Wildlife Rescue, and assist our volunteers in raising this little fellow and the many other babies that will come to us this season, feel free to click the Donate button on this page. Thank you from all of us at NYWRC. We can’t do what we do without you!