A local potato farmer in Hoedspruit, South Africa, caught a baby porcupine in a trap, after he had eaten some of the farmer’s crops. Instead of ending his life, he brought him to Daktari Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage, a place that cares for orphaned and injured wildlife, and teaches local children to care for animals and their environment.
The tiny porcupine was only around a week old and never would have survived on his own, so Ian and Michele Merrifield, co-directors of Daktari, took in the baby to raise him and named him Spikey.
They bottle-fed him with normal cow milk, which they added egg yolk and cream to, as well as protexin, a bacteria that they need to aid in digestion. As he got older, he began eating maize porridge with chopped up fruit and vegetables. He loved to eat!
Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.
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