When you’re outnumbered, surrounded by an angry horde that is licking its chops at the thought of feasting on your defeated carcass, this is how you respond. On display in the video above—is a porcupine, and it shows its exemplary resilience by single-handedly fighting off a pride of 17(!) lions.
Captured on camera at the Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa by guide Lucien Beaumont, the encounter looked, until the very end, to be lights out for the prickly rodent. But the little guy just would not go gentle into that good night. While the circling pride had every advantage—size, numbers, top-of-the-food-chain status—the would-be victim had a combination of some serious tail-shaking (called a “rattle”) and impressive fearlessness, and the porcupine was helped by a general reluctance on the part of the lions to take a face full of barbs. That all kept it alive and off of the dinner menu.As you’ll see, contrary to common belief, porcupines don’t actually shoot their quills, but that clearly doesn’t matter much in confrontations like these. Per Beaumont, “if the porcupine manages to get close enough to a predator, it does not shoot its quills, as many people may think. Rather the quills have micro-barbs, which hook into the face or paws of a predator that may get too close.”
In addition to quills likely being exactly as painful as that sounds, quills can break off, leaving parts embedded in the skin of the predator and often resulting in major infection. Apparently, that was ample motivation for the lions to ultimately retreat, stomachs empty.
That, and a valiant display of heart. Lots and lots of heart.
The sunlight is playing with the sand, the shadows and the many bits of flotsam floating by in this 20-second clip, on the lake shot from atop the raft, through the gaps in the wood. There’s no skill involved to get your shot other than to hold the phone steady. The winds were picking up and the water was getting pretty rough–and I was very close to shore! You can hear the bumping of the raft. (From the album Maple Lake Videos)
Stormy Weather – Late summer 2014 – Maple Lake
The waters are getting very active in this shot, with the winds picking up and an eventual storm coming in, crossing over and moving on– all in the space of maybe 2-hours. The weather this summer was mixed. If you had long enough to be able to deal with a “bad weather” week followed by a nice one then you were OK. About half of the 5 weeks I was at the cottage were good or better days weather-wise. We have so many projects going I’m almost thankful when the weather isn’t great. Otherwise, we get less done! (From the album Maple Lake Videos)
Sticks and Stones Productions made this very neat time lapse video of the Bandshell raising in Head Lake Park, Haliburton, Ontario, Canada. Have a look! Can’t wait to see the completed project next spring!
CREDIT: Ontario’s Highlands via Ottawa Valley Travel
Ottawa Valley Travel in Ontario’s Highlands is the first place in Ontario to open snowmobile trails! Rev your engines!
Distance sled finally got to get back on snow yesterday. Dogs & Hank were thrilled to be done with the ATV. Wasn’t a dull run either, 8 moose hanging out together on one remote section of trail. That section might not get run much this winter!
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