Stuffed Animals Details
** Stuffed Porcupine
** Finger Puppet
** Brown Face and Feet, Soft Brown and White Quills
** Made by Folkmanis Puppets
** 5 inch
Okay, so these little guys (and some who are not so little) look pretty cute, right? Well, there’s cute, and then there’s “Oh my God, this thing stuck its quills in my face!” Distantly related hedgehogs are cute and mild-mannered. They too have quills, but unlike porkies, their quills are not nearly as dangerous. They’re smaller and softer than a porcupine’s quills, and while sharp when a hedgie puffs up, they don’t get stuck in the offending party’s body. In contrast, a porcupine’s quills are like little barbed knives that jab you most painfully when you stick your hand where you really, really shouldn’t. Contrary to popular belief, porcupines can’t shoot their quills. If they could, we could weaponize that trait and be truly formidable on the field of battle.
Picture it. The enemy’s scouts report. “Sir? They’re here. But they don’t have any guns or tanks or anything. But they’re covered in porcupines.” “Porcupines? Send in the light infantry. We’ll wipe those sissies out like nobody’s business.” Only when the bad guys show up to play, our heroes launch a thousand quills like a torrential flood of pain. Once embedded with surgical precision, our would-be villains run home screaming like wimps. In their defense, getting stuck with a porcupine’s quills hurts. Folkmanis’ own little stuffed porcupine finger puppet isn’t quite so dangerous, but it’s fun to pretend. They do say good things come in small packages, and at 5 inches in length, we’d say he’s about right.