One of two new African Porcupines vying for dominance
Or, at least that's what I interpreted their chasing and confrontational behavior to mean. It could also have been a courting ritual. Without knowing the sex of the animals it is hard to tell the difference, but whatever it was, there was plenty of "attitude" involved. It is so tempting to view their behavior and interpret it anthropomorphically. I've often said I'd like to spend two minutes inside the mind of my dog or cat--just to know what on earth was going on in there.
There are a few other animals whose minds I'd love to read: crows, jays and other corvids, orangutans, red squirrels and lions and wolves (how do they plan a group attack on prey?)
What made this red squirrel decide to stake out the stroller parking at the Tropical Discovery building as his own private catering service. I've photographed him before as he hunts through "goodies" left in the strollers while mom's take the kids inside to see the fish and reptiles of the tropical habitats. This day he was happily munching some french fries left in the carrier pouch of one stroller. Whatever else he may be thinking, he is definitely not thinking about weight or nutrition.
Junk food is not good for people--or animals!