Cute Animal Videos of the Day: Snickers the Unprickly Porcupine

Snickers, an Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center porcupine who earned the nickname “Stinkers,” definitely has a playful streak. He’s also sort of a rock star in Alaska.

AWCC staff depend on Snickers for more than careful snuggles; instead of trusting Punxsutawney Phil’s take on whether or not spring has sprung, Alaskans wait fervently to see whether Snickers can spot his own shadow . See Snickers’s prediction from earlier this year, and then watch this clip of him running circles in excitement:

Just for the record, Snickers’s favorite food isn’t the candy bar he share a name with. He actually prefers corn on the cob:

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A C.
A C.3 years ago

This has to be one of the cutest animal videos I've ever seen! Goes to show that NO animal should be treated inhumanely. If given the chance they'll show you just how much they deserve our loving and considerate attention!

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Susan O.
Susan O.3 years ago

Carolanne P writes: He's gorgeous. Where are his spikes? That looks like fur on him? Someone please educate me?

Those are definitely quills (not spikes, as you call them, LOL!). Notice that the handler who is petting him is wearing thick - and I mean THICK! - leather gloves. The quills are barbed at the end, and are difficult to impossible to remove from skin [see the picture of this poor pup who had the misfortune to tangle with a porcupine: ]

Wiki has some good info about porcupines:

Past Member
Past Member 3 years ago

SOOOOO cute!

Carolanne Powell
C Powell3 years ago

He's gorgeous. Where are his spikes? That looks like fur on him? Someone please educate me?

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra3 years ago

Thank you Claire, for Sharing this!

Terry V.
Terry V.3 years ago

MANY THANKS. Lifted my spirits

Edgar Zuim
Edgar Zuim3 years ago


Maree Ann Peterson

Snickers is so cute who would have thought you could have one as a Pet cool!

Andrew C.
Andrew C.3 years ago

Too funny. He loves corn as much as I do!