In the wild, her average life expectancy would have been eight to 10 years.
Instead, Georgia the North American Porcupine lived for 16 years in the safety of the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo, helping to educate visitors of all ages about the importance of her species and habitat.
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The zoo announced Georgia’s Dec. 31 death in a news release on Wednesday.
“Georgia was being treated by veterinarians and our animal care team in the days leading up to her death,” the release noted.
“She was regularly visited by many who loved to see her and her majestic quills up close and in person.”
The maximum life expectancy of a porcupine in a zoological facility is 18 years, according to the release.
“Georgia was special,” said zoo manager Jeff Mitchell. “She played such an important role in the Zoo’s educational programming and the Affinity Learning Centre for these many years and she will be missed by all of us here who interacted with her on a daily basis.”
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