On my walk this morning, I found a porcupine (istrice in Italian) quill. Being Australian, I had never seen a porcupine until we came to live here. I would have to describe them as "fascinatingly ugly"- or "ugly but fascinating" - something like that. To see them caught in the car's headlights with their strange pig-like faces and their quills standing on end is truly an incredible, almost scarey, sight. A couple of nights ago, I saw one running by the side of the road with his quills lying down. The brown and white quills lying flat like a thick mat on his back certainly made him more pleasant to see!