Search for escaped porcupines

A search has been on for three unlikely Cumbrian runaways this afternoon - three porcupines. The trio escaped from Wetheriggs Animal Rescue & Conservation Centre at Clifton Dykes in Penrith int he early hours of this morning.

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Search for runaway baby porcupine continues

The trio escaped yesterday but the dad (pictured) was recaptured several hours later. Credit: ITV News Border

The search for a runaway baby porcupine is continuing in Cumbria today, August 1.

The family of three chewed through their pen and escaped yesterday but both parents were found.

Staff and volunteers at Wetheriggs Animal Rescue & Conservation Centre at Clifton Dykes, Penrith, had hoped to find their "prickly" son overnight but are still searching for him.

Members of the public are being warned not to approach him

Full report: Search for escaped porcupines

The search has been on for three unlikely Cumbrian runaways this afternoon - in fact, it turned out to be a bit of a prickly problem for the search party.

Staff and volunteers from the Wetheriggs Animal Rescue and Conservation Centre managed to recapture Mum very quickly, Dad took a little while longer but their son is still on the loose.

Watch Vanessa Baffoe's report here:

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Some prickly facts about porcupines

  • They are nocturnal so the chances of seeing them in the day is unlikely.
  • They are most active at night.
  • They are ground-living rodents.
  • When feeling threatened, they run backwards and spike aggressors with their quills.
  • A porcupine has more than 30,000 quills on its back, sides and tail.
  • They tend to live in family groups and huddle together for warmth in the winter.

Escaped porcupine is found

A porcupine who escaped from an animal centre in Cumbria has been found. Credit: ITV News Border

Staff and volunteers at an animal centre in Cumbria have found a porcupine that escaped earlier today, July 31.

The animal is one of two - a father and son- that made off from Wetheriggs Animal Rescue & Conservation Centre at Clifton Dykes in Penrith.

The porcupine who escaped from Wetheriggs Animal Rescue & Conservation Centre has been found. Credit: ITV News Border

The son is still on the loose. Members of the public are being warned not to approach him - this is because porcupines tend to run backwards at their aggressor when feeling threatened and spike them with their quills.

Public warned not to approach two escaped porcupines

Police are hunting two porcupines who have escaped from an animal centre in Cumbria.

Police were alerted this morning after the pair, a father and son, made off from Wetheriggs Animal Rescue & Conservation Centre at Clifton Dykes in Penrith.

Members of the public are being warned not to approach them as they tend to run backwards at their aggressor when feeling threatened and spike them with their quills.

"The porcupines are father and son. They are nocturnal animals so chances of seeing them in the day is unlikely.

"We are looking for the safe return of the animals as soon as possible and I would advise people not to approach them.”

– Terry Bowes, Wetheriggs Animal Rescue & Conservation Centre

"We advise that the public do not approach the animals or try to touch them, they can cause injury if they feel threatened.

"We hope to locate the porcupines as soon as possible and return them to Wetheriggs."

– Inspector Craig Lory

If you spot the porcupines, please contact Cumbria Police on 101 or call Terry Bowes on 07764352835.

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