Tasty Slurry Helps Porcupines Recover

The following story was shared from Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre in Ontario, Canada.

porcupine eatingWe often have to gavage-feed anorexic porcupines initially. Most will eventually eat a slurry we create using soaked rodent chow and EmerAid Intensive Care Herbivore. We blend the combination and offer it in a dish. They lap it up, often getting it all over their noses. This helps us supplement their natural diet of branches, which they don’t always seem very keen to eat at first in captivity. If they were in poor condition or underweight on arrival, we often continue with the dish of slurry until they are at a good body weight.

On October 14, 2018, we admitted a young porcupine with two fractured leg bones, her fibula and tibia. She was a spunky and lively patient with a lot of attitude and a quick tail! We offered her a dish of slurry and she immediately started to eat it. This is very helpful for us, as she is hard to hold and would not likely cooperate with syringe-feeding.

She gets a dish two to three times a day of EmerAid Intensive Care Herbivore slurry, some branches, and a piece of apple, sweet potato, and pear. Given her size and the time it will take the fractures to heal, she will likely spend the winter with us.