24 July 2010

Nasty porcupines

I was reading Marco Polo on gutenberg.com and came across this little paragraph about a region in eastern Persia.
When you have ridden those three days, you find a town called CASEM, which is subject to a count. His other towns and villages are on the hills, but through this town there flows a river of some size. There are a great many porcupines hereabouts, and very large ones too. When hunted with dogs, several of them will get together and huddle close, shooting their quills at the dogs, which get many a serious wound thereby.

Nasty little beasts. I think this one must be of the same breed.

maybe not.

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