Porcupines have birthdays, too.
Last week, Ernie, a North American porcupine, turned 6.
Zoo staff celebrated the milestone by giving the prickly cutie his very own birthday hat.
"They have birthday parties for animals at the zoo? That is SO CUTE!" wrote youmaycallmeeden.
"I'd give him a hug, but he's so prickly about that sorta thing," FrictionShliction wrote on imgur.
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Karaleecupcake's mom works at Ernie's zoo. She explained to curious Redditors why Ernie looks more huggable than prickly.
"Porcupines have three kinds of hairs including underfur, guard hairs, and quills. What you see on Ernie are guard hairs and they are soft," she wrote.
"He has quills, but because of his guard hairs you can't easily see them," she added.
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