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Saturday, 23 August 2014

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One of two porcupines that fled Cumbrian animal centre found

One of the two porcupines that escaped from a Cumbrian animal centre has been found safe and well.

Porcupine photo
A porcupine

The animals made off from Wetheriggs Animal Rescue & Conservation Centre at Clifton Dykes, Penrith, and were reported missing soon after 9am today.

Police warned people not to approach the on-the-run porcupines, which, when feeling threatened, run backwards at their aggressor and spike them with their quills.

The escaped porcupines were a father and son.

The elder animal was found at Cliburn Moss today and efforts are continuing to find the youngster.

Terry Bowes, who runs the centre, said this morning: “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.”

Police inspector Craig Lory echoed Mr Bowes' concerns.

“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,” he said.

Anyone who sees the remaining porcupine should call Cumbria police on 101 or Terry Bowes on 07764352835.

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IT'LL BE LIKE TRYING TO FIND A PORCUPINE IN A HAY STACK I GUESS !!!!

Posted by jazzer on 31 July 2013 at 16:34

They will be hard to catch when they are wearing spikes.

Posted by iratepayer on 31 July 2013 at 14:41

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