As the two emerge from the dried bull rushes, the female turns and rubs noses with the male that is wailing just like a human baby crying.
She is a beautiful specimen with her long guard hair covering her lethal quills.
As she gets near me, she balances on her hind feet and tail and clicks her teeth, warning me to stay away.
The males quills are a mess as it looks like he has had to battle for the rights of the female.
Two other porcupines show up near the first two, but they are not so friendly with each other.
If you look closely you can see a quill stuck in the nose of this female. No worry, porcupines are the only North American animal whose skin produces antibiotics protecting them from infection from miss-located quills.
Just another great day in the wilds of Idaho.