Hug a Porcupine

January 3, 2011

All text in this story is by Paulo Coelho and you may read his blog from the link at the bottom.


During the Ice Age many animals died because of the cold. Seeing this situation, the porcupines decided to group together, so they wrapped up well and protected one another.

But they hurt one another with their thorns, and so then they decided to stay apart from one another.

They started to freeze to death again.
So they had to make a choice: either they vanished from the face of the earth or they accepted their neighborโ€™s thorns.

They wisely decided to stay together again. They learned to live with the small wounds that a very close relationship could cause, because the most important thing was the warmth given by the other.

And in the end they survived.


For Paulo Coelhoโ€™s blog, click HERE.


12 Responses to “Hug a Porcupine”

  1. day-dreamer Says:

    A meaningful one, thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Damn good story, this.

    I’ll go hug my porcupine, er, Devil now. Less prickly. ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. Birthmark Says:


    It’s so true. Buddies hurt you at times. But it’s also them who keep you alive and standing.

  4. x5 Says:

    hope it’s not too late…

    Happy New Year Jem!

    no, i havent hug my porcupine today ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Hedgehogs and porcupines are the cutest animals.

    I am in a pretty thorny situation, now and always. Long story but its difficult to trim away the thorns. Cautiously…

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