Blossom is a Mexican Hairy Dwarf Porcupine. Common throughout Central America. She arrived at my first sanctuary (Osa Santuario de Animales) in Costa Rica about four and a half years ago. When she arrived she was only a few days old, and was small enough to fit in the palm of my hand. She had been found on the ground, very dehydrated and apparently abandoned by her mother. Fortunately, she immediately responded to some warm goat milk and after a day or two she was out of the woods and on her way to becoming a full grown Porcupine.
Because she was hand raised from such a young age, she is very domesticated. After two unsuccessful attempts to return Blossom to the wild, it became clear that for her welfare, as well the welfare of any dog unlucky enough to encounter her, she was going to be better off here at the sanctuary where she has a very happy and comfortable life.
- Sphiggurus mexicanus