Is This the Cutest Animal Noise?


Good morning, John.
It’s time for another Bizarre Beasts! This is a project I’m doing over the next twelve months
where every month I talk about a weird animal in the world, and this time I get to talk about a weird
animal who I know personally! In a way, this is the animal who inspired this idea,
because back many years ago on SciShow, he came to visit me, and I –
one, I looked very – I looked younger. And two, I freaked out because, like, if a spaceship
in my backyard, and this thing came out, that would seem perfectly normal, aside from
there being a spaceship in my backyard. He is a prehensile-tailed porcupine,
of which there are many species. This is a Brazilian porcupine in particular. “I… have not ever seen anything… like that.” And even more specifically, this individual is Kemosabe,
who lives with my friends Jessi and Augusto here in Montana at Animal Wonders,
which is a permanent home and safe haven for exotic animals and native animals
that can’t return to the wild. Now, Kemo is a bit of an internet celebrity,
partially because of how he looks. There’s just that giant tail and there’s all the spines
and that very good, weird marshmallow nose. But also because of how he sounds.
Now, there are cuter animals in the world, but I don’t know if there are cuter-sounding animals.
Let’s take a minute, just give it a listen. [COOING SOUNDS FROM KEMOSABE] [JESSI:] Why don’t you just listen to him? It’s a little bit reminiscent of like
a baby cooing. Also, of… [YOSHI NOISES] Right? But they also just like sound kind of human, like this
is a noise that would be easy for me to make. [IMITATES KEMOSABE COOING SOUNDS] And hearing like this human sound come out of this
very not human-looking organism is, you know, a little bit exhilarating, it’s very cute. It’s also a little unsettling. And those emotions don’t often
come together at the same time. Animal Wonders has a YouTube channel
at Animal Wonders Montana that we actually help produce at Complexly. It’s wonderful and so adorable, and you
can learn so much! Go subscribe to it. There’s links all over the place,
wherever you might think you’d find one. Now for a weird thing about “porcupines.” That word includes a number of different species. They include the ones that we have here in the U.S.
and also down in Central and South America, like prehensile-tailed porcupines. And then there are the European
and African and Asian porcupines, the Old World porcupines, and they are
TOTALLY NOT RELATED! I mean they are, they’re both rodents,
but their quills evolved separately. They evolved from a common ancestor
that didn’t have quills. They’re only both called “porcupines”
because they’re both… spine pigs. Like pig… pork. Spine… pine.
Porkpine… That’s really where their name comes from. They’re thorn pigs!
[SQUEES] But because their quills evolved separately,
they actually function completely differently! And it isn’t the only time this has happened.
Hedgehogs and echidna also have spines that evolved completely separately because, like, it’s
just not a terrible idea to be really unpleasant to bite. Prehensile-tailed porcupines live in trees. That’s why they have their prehensile tails,
and they are very good climbers. Indeed, when a porcupette is born (and yes,
that is the proper word for a baby porcupine) they are soft and fuzzy and can’t very well
be carried around by their big, thorny mamas, so they have the same muscular tails and functioning
claws as their mamas, and they can climb from day one! I’m very happy to have been able to feature one of
my good friends on – in the Bizarre Beasts segment. Everybody go subscribe to Animal Wonders.
The work they do is amazing! They’re such wonderful people,
and their videos are very good. And yes, I know my company does produce them.
I’m biased! Who cares! Thanks everybody for a wonderful
Project for Awesome. We had over a thousand more donors
than we had in previous years. We beat all of our previous Project for Awesomes.
It was such an amazing time! John, I’ll see you on Tuesday.

100 thoughts on “Is This the Cutest Animal Noise?

  1. Kemo has been on my home screen for a few years now because he is exactly as weird and cute and unsettling as you say. The noises he makes are basically the best thing ever

  2. It's a few minutes past midnight and I just made a very loud "AAAAAWWWWWWW" noise and not because of the big one but because I've.never.SEEN.A.BABY.PORCUPINE!!!!!!

  3. The Animal Wonders intro at 2:00ish is the older intro. Augusto hasn't been in it for months.

    Also: That is not a COOING noise. It is EHN.

  4. I have told so many people about Kemo's noises and how amazing they are, and repeatedly: they don't believe me, I pull up animal wonders montana, and they concede defeat. Kemo is doing amazing and is such a great ambassador for his species.

  5. Would love a P4A through the years summary/compilation of the main events and activities, how much was raised for each and collectively and how the p4a has changed over the years

  6. wait, what was that sound Hank played here https://youtu.be/Wf9xg7f72Bs?t=88 (1:18)? It sounds so familiar and I NEED TO KNOWWWWWWW.
    Also how do people do the time stamp in comments I'm a stupid butt and cannot figure it out

  7. I spent a good chunk of last year studying porcupines for one of my acting classes (yeah) and I was SO grateful to Animal Wonders and Kemo for all the great videos for me to watch. They're such cool animals! I love them! Also they die a lot from falling out of trees which is sad but like also kinda funny. So jealous of all you Bizarre Beasts subscribers who are getting a Kemosabe pin.

  8. She just posted a video of him a few days ago doing an obstacle course ! He doesnt walk like I thought he would. He kinda… deedles

  9. eu realmente amo Jonh Green, amooooooooooo!
    I really love John Green, i'm reading all your books (yes, i'm late) and now i'm following you here on your wonderful channel, just like you (sorry if i have a spelling mistake, but i am brazilian and Google Translate is not very good…)

  10. Kimosabe’s cute little sounds got me thru weeks and weeks of multiple daily injections and occasionally stressful treatments, I loop his video and listen to it to forget the needles and anxiety… he is my little hero ?

  11. Just came from Jessi's new video with Kemosabe, he is so adorable! Also I never knew you produced Animal Wonders, no wonder they are one of my top channels along with sci show along with vlogbrothers of course ?

  12. I really like your sticky-uppy hair, Hank. I hope you did that on purpose, so that you too could be an adorable spiny creature that makes weird noises.

  13. I'll be!!! the only noise I heard a porcupine make was it climbing down a tree, I did not know what it was, I thought maybe it was a mountain lion so I got a little nervous! on that same hike I also heard a fan call out to its mother, it sounded a lot like a lamb!!!

  14. The only sound I've ever heard a porcupine making is the quiet "thud" that one made as it slowly rammed it head into a tree. Then slowly backed up, re-oriented, and did it again. Several times.

    Porcupines: They're kind of dumb. And near-sighted.

    (EDIT – and to be clear: "I've ever heard" is actually a reference to my scoutmaster, who told me this story. But it's still kind of funny.)

  15. Thanks Hank! I had no idea that baby 'stickers' were so rockin ready at birth.
    Does the mother lactate and nurse them? And last but not least, I too find Kemosabe out of this world amazing!

  16. That sound is very cute. We need to add that sound to a Binturong. That noise with an animal that smells like popcorn would be cuteness overload.

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