Guests From Africa Spend the Summer in Tallahassee

By: Liza Park
By: Liza Park

The Tallahassee Museum is now featuring its summer guest animals.

This year an African crested porcupine and an African spurred tortoise are spending their summer in the capital city. They arrived here earlier this week, but Saturday was the first day our exotic guests were accepting visitors.

"The African crested porcupine, a lot of people think they can shoot their quills, but they can't shoot them. They just are very loosely attached to them and when a predator comes up they back up onto the predator and the quills come out," explained Tallahassee Museum animal manager Suzie Buzzo.

The tortoise doesn't appear to have such a thorny side, but both are getting accustomed to their new environment. They'll be at the Tallahassee Museum until mid September.


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