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7 May 2019 Lion-Porcupine Interactions in Africa, Including Impacts on Lion Predatory Behavior
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Although African crested porcupines Hystrix spp. represent 0.5–34% of lion Panthera leo kills, interactions between the two species are poorly documented. Here we review porcupine-lion interactions and their impact on lion behaviour, including: 1) lion predation on porcupines; 2) lions injured or killed by porcupine quills; and 3) a case of a lion severely injured by a porcupine quill. Porcupine quills can be effective weapons and sometimes seriously wound lions, resulting in death. Death from quills can be a slow process and under these circumstances, death may be the result of starvation or infection (septicaemia).

Julian C. Kerbis Peterhans, Gastone G. Celesia, and Thomas P. Gnoske "Lion-Porcupine Interactions in Africa, Including Impacts on Lion Predatory Behavior," Journal of East African Natural History 108(1), 1-15, (7 May 2019). https://doi.org/10.2982/028.108.0101
Published: 7 May 2019
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