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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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.