Ralph The Silly Porcupine
Ralph is hilarious! If you ever visit Science North in Sudbury, Ontario he is the number one thing to see. Upon arriving to this huge above and underground complex You see right away that you're in for a treat. The complex is shaped like an enormous snowflake and goes beneath the ground in the remains of an old mine. Upon reaching one of the upper levels you will see Ralph, a porcupine saved from an area where his habitat had been threatened.
Ralph loves attention when we first saw him he was doing a little shuffle standing up like a person he was side stepping. I kept wondering if he was afraid or angry and that this was his reaction but became clear he was loving the attention from the kids watching him. He also occasionally pulled out a hard rubber ball he had and rolled it around his area. You almost wanted to reach out and pat his head. But of course you would probably end up with a hand full of quills.
At the center of his open area an actual tree grew out of the ground and stretched it's branches skyward toward the top of the complex. After a busy day taking in the many scientific sights we went back past his area and noticed he was missing. We were perplexed and asked a caretaker who pointed skyward. Ralph had climbed up the try and was relaxing his arms and body dangling between two trees almost looking very much like he was smiling.
We laughed and I had to take a picture of him to remember the moment. Perhaps one day we will return to Science North, possibly just to visit Ralph, he was one in a million and always makes us smile. Love you Ralph!
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