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The News Minute | November 9, 2014 | 11:59 am IST  When life puts a pride of lions on your way, being a porcupine could likely save your life. Proved true for this one at least.  A video uploaded on YouTube by Londolozi Game Reserve, shows how one little, yet daunting, porcupine wards off  '13 lionesses and four male lions' that seemed interested in making a meal out of it. And the porcupine carries it off with some flair.   Using its quills, the porcupine ensures that the lions do not come close to it, and in the end the pride is seen walking away.  Lucien Beaumont, who filmed the incident, also wrote a blog saying 'This is not an ideal place to be, especially if you feature on the menu of a lion!' Also watch: Cuteness overdose: When pandas refuse to take medicine Explaining how porcupines usually fend off predators, Beaumont writes, 'If the porcupine manages to get close enough to a predator, it does not shoot its quills as many people may think. Rather the quills have micro-barbs, which hook into the face or paws of a predator that may get too close. The quills simply pull out of the porcupines skin without causing damage to the prickly creature. The predator then has to deal with a painful quill. The downside of this is that there is a chance of the quill breaking off in the skin and this can cause a major infection. The porcupine simply re-grows any lost quills – the quills are a type of fused hair.' Read the entire blog here: A Prickly Dance: Lions and Porcupine Watch this lioness giving a hug to the conservationist who raised her
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