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Ikki the porcupine is an animal fictional character created by Rudyard Kipling in The Second Jungle Book. In the story "How Fear Came" he has a brief cameo appearance taunting Mowgli, who tries unsuccessfully to pull his spines.
Early editions of the story name him as Sahi. Kipling may have changed the name because he felt that the porcupine needed a more "prickly-sounding" name.
In Pamela Jekel's story "The Porcupine and the Poison People" in her Kipling pastiche The Third Jungle Book, Mowgli and Ikki spend some time playing tricks on each other, until Mowgli falls into a nest of hostile cobras and Ikki has to bring help.

From The Second Jungle Book, How Fear Came

It began when the winter Rains failed almost entirely, and Ikki, the Porcupine, meeting Mowgli in a bamboo-thicket, told him that the wild yams were drying up. Now everybody knows that Ikki is ridiculously fastidious in his choice of food, and will eat nothing but the very best and ripest. So Mowgli laughed and said, "What is that to me?"

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