Teddy Bear the Porcupine

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You Can Watch, Like, Tweet and Pin “Teddy Bear” — He’s a Social Animal!

Just the Facts

Want to Meet “Teddy Bear” in Person?

If you live in or are visiting the Dallas/Fort Worth area, you can actually meet Teddy Bear in person by reserving one of our Private Meet-n-Greets. Teddy fans from around the globe have made the trek to meet their favorite talkative “po’pine.” We’ll bring him to your location — you can feed him, talk to him, pet him and take a ton of photos and videos! Contact us today to make a reservation. Watch a video of a Teddy Bear Meet-n-Greet!

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Your Prickly Friend

Species: North American porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum), found in all 48 contiguous U.S. states, as well as in Canada and Mexico.

Gender: Male

Birthdate: May 4, 2003

Birthplace: Found as an abandoned newborn by a rancher in a barn in West Texas, cord and placenta still attached.

His early life: Teddy arrived at Zooniversity® with lots of medical problems (dehydration, peritonitis, anorexia, “failure to thrive,” you name it…) and required intensive human interaction, resulting in him being fully imprinted on humans.

Occupation: Animal ambassador for Zooniversity®, Dallas, Texas, USA, teaching people worldwide all about porcupines. YouTube videos are simply a sideline.

Why don’t you return him to the wild? Teddy is non-releasable, as he would most likely not survive on his own. He has no fear of humans, dogs or other wildlife and would actually approach them.

How’d Teddy get his start in the viral video world? It was all accidental. In May 2011, one of his keepers wanted to try-out a new video camera, so she recorded him eating an ear of corn and making noises and posted it on YouTube, “Teddy Bear the porcupine doesn’t like to share…” It sat unwatched for 6 months, until someone else found it and posted it on a viral site — it skyrocketed to more than 1 million views in a matter of days, with clips showing on all the major networks. It was a BIG surprise and the rest is viral history.

Why are Teddy’s videos so popular? People think his porcupine noises are his attempt at “talking” and they hear human words in his sounds, so viewers think he is speaking English, or Japanese, or Dutch – and teenagers around the world just thought he was saying naughty things.

Is he REALLY “talking”? That’s for you decide. All porcupines make some guteral noises when they’re happy or when they want to communicate something – Teddy is just more vocal than most. And, we agree, a lot of Teddy’s mumblings sound remarkably like human words.

Does he eat a lot of corn or pumpkin? No, these are not part of his daily diet, only for videos, appearances or special occasions. In the wild they eat leaves and bark. At Zooniversity®, he eats his natural foods, as well as a balanced zoological diet.

Why are his teeth red? They’re supposed to be red! Wood-chewing rodents have a hard outer tooth enamel that is rich in red-colored iron. The inner tooth layer is soft and pithy. Nature designed this multi-layered tooth to be self-sharpening. As the porcupine chews on wood, the soft under layer wears away, leaving a razor-sharp and iron-strong beveled edge.

Why doesn’t he shoot his quills at you? It’s an old wives tale  that porcupines shoot their quills — they can’t. Teddy does have 35,000 barbed quills underneath all that soft, fluffy guard hair. The quills cover every part of his body, except his face, paws and belly. We don’t often get “quilled,” as we are not a threat to him and he doesn’t feel the need to ward us off. If he did feel threatened, Teddy would first flair his tail hair and show you his quills as a warning. If you didn’t heed his warning, he’d then spin like a top and whack you with his tail full of quills. Does it hurt? Yes…a lot.

How can people see Teddy in person? They can book Zooniversity® to do a wildlife program at their school, PTA meeting, church, library or scout troop. He can also be scheduled for Private Meet-n-Greets – we’ve had fans fly in from both East and West coasts just to meet Teddy in person!

See “Teddy Bear” on TV – He’s One Famous Po’Pine!

CBS’s KGMB-HON, Honolulu, HA, HAWAII NEWS NOW: SUNRISE AT 6AM, February 23, 2016 @ 6:47 AM

ABC’s WHTM-HAR, Harrisburg, PA, GOOD MORNING PA! February 5, 2016 @ 12:52 PM

CW’s KDAF, Dallas, TX, NEWSFIX, February 4, 2016 @ 5:15, 9:23 & 10:15 PM

CW’s KWGN, Denver, CO, CHANNEL 2 DAYBREAK, February 3, 2016 @ 6:52 AM

NBC’s KNDO, Yakima, WA, WAKE UP NORTHWEST, February 2, 2016 @ 5:45 AM

ABC’s WRIC-RIC, Richmond, VA, GOOD MORNING RICHMOND, February 2, 2016 @ 5:57 AM

Northwest Cable News, Seattle, WA, NORTHWEST NEWS TODAY, February 1, 2016 @ 12:26 PM

Fox’s WOGX, Orlando, FL, GOOD DAY ORLANDO, February 1, 2016 @ 9:39 AM

Northwest Cable News, Seattle, WA, NORTHWEST NEWS FIRST EDITION, February 1, 2016 @ 9:26 AM

NBC’s WTLV-JAX, Jacksonville, FL, THE CHAT, December 25, 2015

NBC’s WTLV-JAX, Jacksonville, FL, THE CHAT, October 29, 2015

Fox News’ THE FIVE, October 23, 2015

CBS’s WSAU, Wausau, WI, “News” on FACE THE NATION, October 18, 2015

NBC’s WWBT-RIC, Richmond, VA, 12 NEWS TODAY, October 16, 2015

NBC’s KHNL-HON, Honolulu, HI, HAWAII NEWS NOW SUNRISE, October 14, 2015 @ 6:49 AM

KTVK-PHX, Phoenix, AZ, “Lifestyle” on GOOD MORNING ARIZONA SATURDAY, October 10, 2015 @ 9:20 AM

NBC’s KWQC-DAV, Davenport, IA, September 30, 2015 @ 4:24 PM

WJXT-JAX Jacksonville, FL, THE MORNING SHOW, September 30, 2015 @ 9:56 AM

CBS’s WNEM TV-5, Flint, MI,  WAKE-UP NEWS, September 29, 2015 @ 5:00 & 6:00 AM

Radio Broadcast (audio only): UK Regional Radio, BBC Guernsey, September 23, 2015 @ 10:53 AM

WRAZ-RAL Raleigh, NC, 10PM NEWS ON FOX50, September 21, 2015 @ 10:41 PM

Australia’s Channel 7 Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney, NEWS, September 1, 2015 @ 7:51 PM

UK National’s FIVE, ANIMALS MAKE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD, June 10 & June 14, 2015

ABC’s GOOD MORNING AMERICA, January 29, 2015

ABC News, January 29, 2015 (at 1:44)

TV New Zealand, ONE NEWS, January 29, 2015

Local 12 WKRC-TV, GOOD MORNING CINCINNATI, January 29, 2015

FOX Business TV’s MONEY WITH MELISSA FRANCIS, January 28, 2015

EyeOpenerTV, October 31, 2014

KHQ-TV Spokane, WA, “Hot Clicks,” THE WAKE-UP SHOW, October 30, 2014

WTXL-TV Tallahassee, HOT ON THE WEB, October 29, 2014

TruTV’s TOP FUNNIEST, April 29, 2014 (at 0:17)

ABC’s GOOD MORNING AMERICA, February 3, 2014

Bloomberg TV, LUNCH MONEY, January 31, 2014

ABC’s GOOD MORNING AMERICA, January 27 , 2014

Bloomberg TV, LUNCH MONEY, December 31, 2013

ABC’s GOOD MORNING AMERICA, December 24, 2013

Right This Minute, December 24, 2013

Radio Broadcast (Audio) 89.3 The Current, Minnesota Public Radio, November 18, 2013

Live On-Air Appearance Fox DFW, GOOD DAY, November 15, 2013

Bloomberg TV, LUNCH MONEY, November 1, 2013

FOX New RED EYE, October 31, 2013

ABC’s GOOD MORNING AMERICA, October 31, 2013, part 1, part 2, part 3

ABC’s GOOD MORNING AMERICA, October 30, 2013

RIGHT THIS MINUTE, October 30, 2013

FOX News, RED EYE, February 14, 2013 (at 20:43)

ABC’s GOOD MORNING AMERICA, February 2, 2013

FOX News, RED EYE, February 2, 2013

RIGHT THIS MINUTE, January 31, 2013

RIGHT THIS MINUTE, September 25, 2012

RIGHT THIS MINUTE, August 3, 2012

FOX News, RED EYE, March 16, 2012 (at 04:00)

RIGHT THIS MINUTE, March 16, 2012

FOX News RED EYE, February 2, 2012 (at 04:31)

NBC’s THE TODAY SHOW, February 2, 2012

RIGHT THIS MINUTE, February 1, 2012

RIGHT THIS MINUTE, January 26, 2012

FOX News, RED EYE, January 5, 2012 (at 40:50)

RIGHT THIS MINUTE, January 2, 2012

NBC’s THE TODAY SHOW, December 16, 2011

Current TV, COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN, November 29, 2011

RIGHT THIS MINUTE, Dec 14, 2011

On Dutch TV! DE WERELD DRAAIT DOOR, December 8, 2011

On Russian TV! THIS IS XOPOWO, December 6, 2011 (at 0:23)

ABC’s GOOD MORNING AMERICA, December 04, 2011

NBC’s THE TODAY SHOW, December 3, 2011

Fox 45, GOOD DAY BALTIMORE, December 2, 2011, part 1, part 2, part 3

RIGHT THIS MINUTE, November 30, 2011

NBC Washington, NEWS 4 AT 4, November 29, 2011, part 1, part 2

E Network, THE SOUP, November 29, 2011

Fox News, RED EYE, November 29, 2011 (at 19:50)

INSIDE EDITION, November 29, 2011

NBC’s THE TODAY SHOW, November 29, 2011, part 1, part 2

Even More Media Clips

“Super Bowl 50 Picks: Puppies and Porcupines Pick Broncos, Proving Animals Are Smarter Than Humans,” MileHighReport.com, February 7, 2016

“Animal Instinct: Beasts Put Their Reputations on Line with Super Bowl Predictions,” SportingNews.com, February 6, 2016

“11 Animals That Have Predicted the Super Bowl,” TIME.com, February 5, 2016

“Trump, Porcupine, Piglets, Tortoises, Tiger: Who Do the ‘Experts’ Predict Will Win Super Bowl 50?’ The Charlotte Observer, February 2, 2016

“Super Bowl 50: Teddy Bear the Porcupine Picks Winner Between Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers,” ABC’s KMGH Denver 7 News, February 2, 2016

“Super Bowl 50: Teddy Bear the Porcupine Picks the Winner,” Good Morning America/Yahoo, February 1, 2016

“Super Bowl 50: Teddy the Porcupine Picks the Winner,” ABC News, February 1, 2016

“Super Bowl XLIX: Teddy Bear the Porcupine Picks the Winner,” ABC News, January 28, 2015

Video Report “Clairvoyant Porcupine Makes His Almost Infallible Super Bowl Prediction,” WhatsTrending.com, January 28, 2015

“This Porcupine Predicts The Seahawks Will Win The Super Bowl (And He Has Been Right The Last 3 Times),” Huffington Post, January 28, 2015

“Teddy Bear, Dallas’ Talking Porcupine, Is America’s Best Super Bowl Pundit,” Dallas Observer, January 28, 2015

“Porcupine predicts Super Bowl victory for Seahawks,” UPI, January 28, 2015

“Super Bowl XLIX: Teddy Bear the Porcupine Picks the Winner,” Good Morning America/Yahoo.com, January 28, 2015

“Here’s a Porcupine Predicting the Winner of the Super Bowl,” Time.com, January 27, 2015

“Teddy Bear the Porcupine” Ringtone (mp3 file), CuteOverload.com, December 22, 2014

“Teddy Bear the Porcupine Enjoys Delicious Christmas Treat,” ABC’s America’s Funniest Videos, December 17, 2014

“9 Extremely Important Videos Of A Porcupine Living That YOLO Life,” BuzzFeed.com, June 9, 2014

“Cute Animal Video of the Day,” PetsLady.com, April 20, 2014

“Who Will Take Over as the Top Animal Tout?” Sports Illustrated, February 10, 2014

“Punxatawney Phil Has a Prickly Super Bowl Counterpart,” The Roanoke Times, February 2, 2014

“Super Bowl Winner? Let’s Ask the Animals,” USA Today, January 31, 2014

Video Report “Five Adorable Zoo Animal Picks for Super Bowl XLVIII,” AOL on Sports, January 30, 2014

“Super Bowl Predictions: Winners Up To Animals? ‘Psychic’ Manatees, Porcupine, Komodo Dragons Choose Seahawks Vs Broncos,” The International Business Times, January 29, 2014

“Teddy the Porcupine Picked the Winner of the 2014 Super bowl, So You Don’t Have to Watch the Game Now!” E News Online, January 28, 2014

“Teddy Bear the Porcupine Predicts the Super Bowl Winner, but Will He Be Right?” Huffington Post, January 27, 2014

“Teddy the Talking Porcupine Picks Seahawks to Win Super Bowl,” King5.com, January 26, 2014

“Best Animal Stories 2013 (#13),” Huffington Post, December 30, 2013

“Teddy Bear the Porcupine Gets Excited on Christmas Eve,” Animal Planet, December 24, 2013

“Teddy Bear, The Talking Porcupine, Thanks Santa for his Christmas Gifts in the Cutest Way Possible,” Huffington Post, December 27, 2013

“The 10 Most Criminally Underappreciated Videos of 2013, PaperMag, December 19, 2013

Animation (made by a fan) “Porcupine’s Big Night,” December 6, 2013

Video Report “OMG, Teddy Bear the Talking Porcupine Visited the Observer and it was Magical,” The Dallas Observer, November 27, 2013

“We’re Obsessed with ‘Teddy Bear’ the Talking Porcupine,” The TODAY Show, November 8, 2013

“Meet Teddy Bear, Dallas’ World-Famous Talking Porcupine,” The Dallas Observer, November 7, 2013

 “There are more Teddy Bear the Porcupine Clips and We Need to Watch Them All,” Jezebel, November 2, 2013

Teddy Bear the Porcupine Tells Us All About Eating a Pumpkin, Huffington Post, October 30, 2013

Teddy Bear Loves Eating Pumpkin, VetStreet, October 30, 2013

“Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from Teddy the Talking Porcupine, Babble, March 14, 2013

“The Paw Stars: Top 15 Posh Paw Stars in Clothes,” PawNation, January 14, 2013

“Top 20 Celebrity Pets of 2012,” PawNation, December 19, 2012

“15 Funny Christmas Animal Clips,” Huffington Post, December 18, 2012

Video Report “Talking Porcupine Runs for President,” Chicago Tribune, September 27, 2012

“Teddy Bear the Porcupine Runs for President,” VetStreet, September 25, 2012

“Teddy the Porcupine for President in 2012,” PawNation, September 25, 2012

“The Paw Stars: Meet Teddy Bear the Porcupine,” PawNation, August 31, 2012

“Teddy the Porcupine Gets an Easter Treat — and his Keeper Gives Us the Inside Scoop, ” VetStreet, April 3, 2012

“Teddy the Porcupine Has a Valentine,” PawNation, February 6, 2012

“Porcupine Picks Super Bowl Winner, Becomes Viral Hit,” WebProNews, February 3, 2012

Video Report “Top 10 Viral Videos of 2011,” One Minute News, December 31, 2011

“Cute Christmas Animal Videos,” Huffington Post, December 23, 2011

“‘Talking’ Porcupine Wishes You a Merry Christmas,” Huffington Post, December 17, 2011

“Viral of the Day,” Softpedia, December 17, 2011

“#1 Best Animal Video of 2011,” The International Business Times, December 15, 2011

“Porcupine Loves Pumpkin: Cute/Ridiculous Animal Thing of the Day,” Huffington Post, December 11, 2011

“Porcupine Doesn’t Want to Share: Cute/Ridiculous Animal Thing of the Day,” Huffington Post, November 28, 2011