Porcupines in the Arctic: How do they survive in winter?

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Porcupines are not the first animal that comes to mind when one thinks of Alaska, but Alaska Zoo Curator Sam Lavin believes they are one of the toughest animals in Alaska.


“They spend their summer and fall just putting on fat like to an extent that like, a bear or a seal would, like just layering it on,” Lavin said. “It ends up being spruce trees a lot of times, so they’ll eat needles, they’ll eat the layer underneath the bark, so they’re chewers,” Lavin said.


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