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MR. PORCUPINE TELLS HIS STORY
Mr. Noah Brings Him Out of the Ark for the Entertainment of
Day Book Boys and Girls.
Did you ever hear any one say "as sharp as a porcupine quill?"
My body is covered with sharp quills that I use when any one tries
to catch me. Then I raise all my quills, run backwards and stick
them into my enemy. It is not much fun to get into a fight with a
porcupine, I can tell you.
When I walk, the quills in my tail rattle together and make a
rustling sound. They are used by the Indians for decorating their
.noccasins and suits.
I am a lonely little fellow. I live all by myself in a burrow in
the ground. I come out only at night, when I seek my food. I eat
roots, berries, leaves and vegetables. I gnaw my food with two
sharp teeth in my upper jaw. I like to climb trees.
I am brownand about two feet long. Around my neck and the
back of my head is a crest of long bristles. I have a grunting voice
like that of a pig.
I must hide in my burrow now. Goodbye, goodbye.