Snickers the porcupine is a favorite at AWCC! He is a gregarious little fellow after being raised illegally as a pet. After discovery by ADF&G, he was relocated to AWCC for a permanent home. Snickers participated in my education and youth programs but has since retired at his ripe age. He has also become a bit of a celebrity after a YouTube video of him went viral, receiving over 6 million views! Watch the video below.
Kit Kat came to us in the spring of 2015 at the age of one year old. He was brought in as an amputee after getting his leg caught in a trap near Anchorage. He was found stuck after having climbed through a fence with his body on one side and the trap stuck in the fence, unable to move. With the help of Dr. Wilson and the rest of Alaska Zoo staff, Kit Kat was brought in for surgery, then permanently placed at AWCC. Kit Kat can be seen munching on walnuts or climbing over the logs in his enclosure!
Twix, a female porcupine, was orphaned in May 2018 in Juneau, Alaska. She was one day old when found with her umbilical cord still attached. Raising Twix from infancy has allowed us to learn a lot about porcupettes, including their needs and natural behaviors. Porcupettes nurse from their mother for up to 4 months and can eat vegetation after just a few weeks. As an orphan, Twix was bottle-fed with goat milk because it is gentle on the stomach and very nutritious. Porcupettes are born with their quills that harden within hours of birth.