Porcupine 'Priscilla' visits WPTV studio

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Priscilla is an African Crested Porcupine, one of the largest rodents. 

She has very long quills on her head.

It is a myth that porcupines can shoot quills from their bodies. 

Quills are made of the same material as human hair. 

They make the animal look twice as big as they are, which can help deter predators. 

A porcupine will also smack a predator in the nose with its tail to force them away. 

The tip of the quill acts like a fish hook, dislodging from the porcupine's skin and embedding themselves into the predator's muzzle. 

There is an imbalance in the ecosystem involving the wild African Crested Porcupines. 

Most of their predators' numbers are dangerously low due to poaching, causing an imbalance in their ecosystem. 

There are actually too many of the porcupines. 

The Palm Beach Zoo encourages people to avoid purchasing products made from animal parts such as fur, feathers, ivory and porcupine quills.

Several events are coming up at the Palm Beach Zoo. 

The Grand Opening for "Conservation Station" is at 10 a.m. May 3.  The Save the Tiger 5K Race is May 17th at 7:30 a.m.. 

For details about all events at the Zoo, visit www.palmbeachzoo.org

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