The porcupine rolled itself into a ball, radiating long, sharp needles in all directions that defied attack.
He lay down in the snow, depositing the ptarmigan beside him, and with eyes peering through the needles of a low-growing spruce he watched the play of life before him--the waiting lynx and the waiting porcupine, each intent on life; and, such was the curiousness of the game, the way of life for one lay in the eating of the other, and the way of life for the other lay in being not eaten.
The porcupine had at last decided that its enemy had gone away.
Not quite entirely had the porcupine unrolled when it discovered its enemy.
Everything had happened at once--the blow, the counter-blow, the squeal of agony from the porcupine, the big cat's squall of sudden hurt and astonishment.
He walked as delicately as though all the snow were carpeted with porcupine quills, erect and ready to pierce the soft pads of his feet.
He lay down and waited, while the porcupine grated its teeth and uttered grunts and sobs and occasional sharp little squeals.
With a nervous, shrinking paw, One Eye stretched out the porcupine to its full length and turned it over on its back.
Very well, then," said the Woozy in a determined voice, and advanced a few steps toward the giant porcupine.
The body of the great porcupine was now as smooth as leather, except for the holes where the quills had been, for it had shot every single quill in that one wicked shower.
It's the meanest trick I ever heard of," muttered the porcupine gloomily.
I am Ojo the Unlucky," he said, "or we would never have met that dreadful porcupine.
Each band bore as an ensign a spear or bow decorated with beads, porcupine
quills, and painted feathers.
And the First of the Tigers ran to and fro, calling aloud to the deer and the pig and the sambhur and the porcupine
and all the Jungle Peoples, and they all ran away from him who had been their judge, because they were afraid.