Ambassador of Animals

By Koren Wetmore |

Cameras roll for the live media event at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Marty the porcupine crawls among the fall decorations atop a table as his handler stands gently holding his tail.

All seems perfect until Jane Ballentine, M.A. ’91, the zoo’s director of public relations, gets an urgent text message from her coworker: “Tell Marty to stop eating the decorations.”

She and the handler halt Marty’s feast, but not before he has gnawed a few large holes in a pumpkin…


Published in University of Baltimore Magazine