The Unveiling of Percy the Porcupine


Percy, a porcupine puppet of prodigious proportions, was unveiled on tuesday at a Los Angeles park for an audience of schoolchildren and media members. 

The porcupine was two stories tall, so big everyone there was mesmerized. This was a joint project of the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance and Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, Percy was shown to celebrate next week’s opening of the zoo’s new Wildlife Explorers Basecamp.

“I think is really cute, and such and interesting fun thing to do for kids,” say emily 

It took six months in the planning for this amazing thing to be built, the puppet is modeled after the real life  prehensile-tailed porcupine, native to South America. It has a circumference of nearly 40 feet (12 meters), and has 2,000 foam quills that it took a house-worth of paint to put stripes on.

“We’ve done some fantasy creatures a little bit bigger, but in terms of duplicating an animal it’s the biggest we’ve ever done,” said Peter Brooke, creative supervisor for Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

They did something special for the kids, having the prehensile-tailed porcupine have a more exciting interince at Elysian Park near Dodger Stadium. The porcupine got “lost” before emerging in her giant puppet form and so a bunch of kids brought out bunches of bananas to lure her.

“I think she’s getting close, I think I know just the thing for her,” Basecamp performer Jennifer Popagain said before bringing out a giant banana of her own.

It was a cheerful day for all of the eyes that of to witness Percy’s greatness.