Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



A Porcupine's Tail

Winnie, the prehensile-tailed porcupine

Soon after Winnie, a prehensile-tailed porcupine, arrived at the National Zoo in 2004, her keepers discovered that the end of her tail was injured. It was swollen and bleeding, and she wasn't using it to grasp branches, like she normally would.

The keepers called the Zoo vets who took Winnie to the Zoo’s vet hospital.

What do you think might be wrong with Winnie’s tail?