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The Porcupine, the Snake, & the Elephant
But then there were the porcupines.
Apparently someone in the kitchen had been feeding a pair of them, and they were relatively comfortable around humans. Comfortable enough—and now fond enough of people food—that they crashed every dinner we had. Now, when I say “porcupines” don’t think of cute little critters with spikes. No, think more “hungry, pushy, enormous critters with spikes.” The African Crested Porcupine is huge, at least compared to the image of a porcupine I’d previously entertained. These little monsters stood as tall as my waist, and their quills could be as long as my forearm. And while I don’t think they meant to do this, every night when they crowded around our dinner table, those long quills inevitably found a cushion—specifically, my derriere, through the gap in the back of my chair. The kitchen staff would see the porcupines harassing us and run out to chase them away, but the determined creatures only shuffled a few feet off, waited till the staff left, then mobbed us again.
In the latter half of the book, the group stumbles across an angry bull elephant that’s been separated from his herd. Chaos ensues, of course. This elephant was inspired by Jason, the young bull we often saw while out driving. Jason is, according to Hank, “very, very naughty.” He would flap his ears and trunk at us, pretend he was going to charge, and cause a general ruckus. I think of all the animals I saw in the Kalahari, Jason was my favorite!