Porcupines sink their teeth into antlers
The porcupines at a Westcountry zoo have now got antlers – all thanks to the generosity of the National Trust.
Paignton Zoo has received a bag of antlers for the mammals to chew on.
Matthew Webb, senior head keeper of mammals, said: "Porcupines love to gnaw on antlers – they are natural, they provide environmental enrichment, and they are also good for their teeth.
"We don't often get the chance to give antlers to our porcupines as they are in short supply, so we are very grateful for any donations we receive. "
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Crested porcupines, which come from Africa, have very strong jaws. As rodents, their teeth grow continuously, and this can be kept in check by chewing on wood and antlers. It can also be a good source of minerals.