WATCH: Badass Porcupine Fights Off Pride of 17 Lions All on Its Own

File this one under the ‘victorious underdog’ section, because that’s exactly what this story is about. Only the underdog under consideration here isn’t a dog at all. It’s a creature of a more prickly variety.

A single porcupine was caught on tape taking on a pride of 17 lions at the Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa, and is quickly becoming an internet sensation after the video was put up on YouTube last week.

The ballsy porcupine could have easily become dinner that night, but he had no plans of letting that happen. Lucien Beaumont, who captured the footage explained the scenario:

The porcupine began to run backwards into any lion that would come too close for comfort, a common defense mechanism for a threatened porcupine. If the porcupine manages to get close enough to a predator, it does not shoot its quills as many people may think. Rather the quills have micro-barbs, which hook into the face or paws of a predator that may get too close. The quills simply pull out of the porcupines skin without causing damage to the prickly creature. The predator then has to deal with a painful quill.

That’s exactly what the lions had to do, who eventually realized this was not a fella to mess with, and gave up before disappearing into the night. Check out the footage for yourself.

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