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2013-01-01 09:14:29 AM
hahahaha, the rabies shots are also going to be funny to these guys I guess.
 
2013-01-01 09:14:56 AM
Given that it's a ski resort, the porcupine was probably just used to people- it probably expected someone to feed it, honestly. But every time I see this video, my first thought is, "Um, rabies?"

//Interestingly, skunks are the primary carrier of rabies in the US.
 
2013-01-01 09:15:48 AM
Enjoy your rabies.
 
2013-01-01 09:19:38 AM
Good on him for not panicking, though. I probably would of been screaming like a little girl trying to stab it with the skiing stick.

/if you catch the animal that bit you, they can test it for rabies so you know if you need the shots or not
 
2013-01-01 09:22:44 AM

Scruffinator: /if you catch the animal that bit you, they can test it for rabies so you know if you need the shots or not


Would you really want to try to catch a porcupine, though?
 
2013-01-01 09:26:19 AM
Thems good eatin'!
 
2013-01-01 09:29:43 AM
I can't wait for their next video "letting a rattlesnake near my leg".
 
2013-01-01 09:31:05 AM

Lydia_C: Would you really want to try to catch a porcupine, though?


I could be wrong. But I don't believe the animal survives that test. If that's the case, may as well just club it to death to get it tested.
 
2013-01-01 09:33:20 AM

abhorrent1: Lydia_C: Would you really want to try to catch a porcupine, though?

I could be wrong. But I don't believe the animal survives that test. If that's the case, may as well just club it to death to get it tested.


That depends. Is decapitation still lethal?
 
2013-01-01 09:39:40 AM
snow bunny ≠ a guy on skies
 
2013-01-01 09:39:43 AM
Wow, can we go back to using the 'plug' or 'paid' icons for...glaringly obvious shill posts? That was remarkably farking stupid even for the politics tab.
 
2013-01-01 09:41:12 AM

Scruffinator: abhorrent1: Lydia_C: Would you really want to try to catch a porcupine, though?

I could be wrong. But I don't believe the animal survives that test. If that's the case, may as well just club it to death to get it tested.

That depends. Is decapitation still lethal?


Only if there's no duct tape around.
 
2013-01-01 09:43:36 AM

Scruffinator: That depends. Is decapitation still lethal?

Unless there's been some breakthrough, I assume so.

/didn't know that was how test was done.
 
2013-01-01 09:51:30 AM

abhorrent1: /didn't know that was how test was done.


I worked at an animal shelter for a while in my younger days. Occasionally somebody would bring in a Fox they caught/killed, the techs would remove the head and ship it to DHEC for rabies testing(rabid fox roaming the area is a good thing to know about beforehand).

From WSU's website: The only conclusive way to know if an animal is (was) rabid is to identify the virus in brain tissue after the animal is dead.
 
2013-01-01 09:53:23 AM

Scruffinator: Good on him for not panicking, though. I probably would of been screaming like a little girl trying to stab it with the skiing stick.

/if you catch the animal that bit you, they can test it for rabies so you know if you need the shots or not


Skiing stick? What is this I don't even...

Also,

dennysgod: snow bunny ≠ a guy on skies

 
2013-01-01 09:54:16 AM

MontanaDave: Skiing stick? What is this I don't even...


I don't know what it's called. I'm surprised it took this long for somebody to mention that.
 
2013-01-01 09:57:29 AM

Scruffinator: MontanaDave: Skiing stick? What is this I don't even...

I don't know what it's called. I'm surprised it took this long for somebody to mention that.


I would have mentioned it earlier, but I was asleep. Most Americans call it a ski pole. I would imagine there are other words used in non-english speaking countries, such as England.
 
2013-01-01 10:44:25 AM
I thought ski pants were fairly thick, so it was more the critter nibbling at the pants.
 
2013-01-01 10:50:06 AM

wildcardjack: I thought ski pants were fairly thick, so it was more the critter nibbling at the pants.


Dude even says it didn't bite through his pants.
 
2013-01-01 11:03:45 AM
I was promised snow bunnies and all I saw was a bunch of guys.

/And a porcupine
 
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2013-01-01 11:05:04 AM

wildcardjack: I thought ski pants were fairly thick, so it was more the critter nibbling at the pants.


They are kind of notorious for chewing anything that is even slightly salty.
 
2013-01-01 11:34:21 AM
i45.tinypic.com
Yeah, one of those could take a big chunk out of your leg if they wanted to.
 
2013-01-01 11:42:35 AM
It's very rare for a porcupine to bite anybody. They mostly just rattle their quills to remind you why you don't grab a porcupine. Then again, it's very rare for anybody to be stupid enough to get within biting distance of a porcupine. For all we know, porcupines could be the Bitey McBiteys of the animal kingdom but don't run into ski bums often enough to get a reputation for mean.

Porcupines have saved many a woodsman from going hungry because they are slow, afraid of nothing, and can be easily knocked off a tree with a long branch. They are very tender and tasty because they don't run and they don't get worked up over things.

Porcupines love salt, which is probably the reason they bite skiiers. They have also been known to eat outhouses.

Here is an article on the porcupine, illustrated by a picture of a porcupine wearing what appears to be a fox-trimmed parka.

http://www.borealforest.org/zoo/porcpine.htm
 
2013-01-01 01:19:48 PM

abhorrent1: Scruffinator: That depends. Is decapitation still lethal?
Unless there's been some breakthrough, I assume so.

/didn't know that was how test was done.


The brain has to be removed and processed. Tested. Diced.

/wish I still had the book, I miss it so
 
2013-01-01 01:20:26 PM

Scruffinator: MontanaDave: Skiing stick? What is this I don't even...

I don't know what it's called. I'm surprised it took this long for somebody to mention that.


They're called snow bats.
 
2013-01-01 01:58:56 PM

dennysgod: snow bunny ≠ a guy on skies


Came to say this, leaving satisfied.
 
2013-01-01 01:59:07 PM

fzumrk: [i45.tinypic.com image 400x276]
Yeah, one of those could take a big chunk out of your leg if they wanted to.



They don't take a chunk out. They make a nasty puncture wound with the bottom teeth and the top teeth usually don't go in very far if at all.
That is if it punctures at all rather than just giving you a real nice pinch and a bruise.
 
2013-01-01 03:05:48 PM
if only there was a way for a porcupine to defend itself...
 
2013-01-01 03:12:22 PM

vpb: wildcardjack: I thought ski pants were fairly thick, so it was more the critter nibbling at the pants.

They are kind of notorious for chewing anything that is even slightly salty.


You're mom's notorious for chewing anything that's even slightly salty...
 
2013-01-01 03:56:03 PM

dennysgod: snow bunny ≠ a guy on skies


1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-01-01 04:21:56 PM

foxtail: fzumrk: [i45.tinypic.com image 400x276]
Yeah, one of those could take a big chunk out of your leg if they wanted to.


They don't take a chunk out. They make a nasty puncture wound with the bottom teeth and the top teeth usually don't go in very far if at all.
That is if it punctures at all rather than just giving you a real nice pinch and a bruise.


You sound like you speak from experience :)
 
2013-01-01 04:25:11 PM
That porcupine just wanted to share his delicious Corn Pops.
/obscure
 
2013-01-01 05:15:55 PM
I always thought their natural predator was the hedgehog.

i107.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-01 06:45:02 PM

fzumrk: foxtail: fzumrk: [i45.tinypic.com image 400x276]
Yeah, one of those could take a big chunk out of your leg if they wanted to.


They don't take a chunk out. They make a nasty puncture wound with the bottom teeth and the top teeth usually don't go in very far if at all.
That is if it punctures at all rather than just giving you a real nice pinch and a bruise.

You sound like you speak from experience :)


Not personal experience, but the experience of others. The muskrat that bit me on the ass was similar, only on a bigger scale. The examples I have in mind for the porky are for beaver, but same set up and same results.
 
2013-01-01 07:45:39 PM
dennysgod: snow bunny ≠ a guy on skies

I know that, but I couldn't think of an appropriate word that went well in the headline (is there even an appropriate term?).

So, just imagine that it bit everyone, guys, girls etc, porcupines are on the hunt and they just don't give a damn.

// now, in my sober state, I could have said "North American Snow Bro"
 
2013-01-02 05:25:42 AM
Pretty inefficient predator. When it turned out to be nothing but dudes, I was hoping for a vicious mauling at least...
 
Skr
2013-01-02 05:32:10 AM
 
2013-01-02 05:58:01 PM
While various animals will kill and eat porcupines and often have the quills to show for it, one animal that has worked out a way to kill them safely is the fisher. This slightly larger flavor of the pine marten will circle as the porcupine turns and bite it repeatedly in the face until the poor thing falls over from shock. At that point the fisher will eat out the quill-less belly and leave what amounts to a porcupine skin rug on the forest floor.

Burmese rock pythons (the ones infesting the Everglades these days) will swallow porcupines whole and often have quills sticking out of their belly to prove it.
 
2013-01-04 12:49:12 AM
That's Stickers the porcupine. He thinks he's a dog. He's being taken care of at an animals belter right now.
 
2013-01-04 04:39:43 AM

lordargent: dennysgod: snow bunny ≠ a guy on skies

I know that, but I couldn't think of an appropriate word that went well in the headline (is there even an appropriate term?).

So, just imagine that it bit everyone, guys, girls etc, porcupines are on the hunt and they just don't give a damn.

// now, in my sober state, I could have said "North American Snow Bro"



Hey dude, 's ok to call other dudes snow bunnies when you're drunk. ;)
Hell, 's ok to call 'em that when you're sober, too.

Why isn't "co-ed" really a co-ed reference?
 
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