Three suspects have been detained after the incident and the animals were transferred to Nature Conservation Agency of Sumatra.
Porcupines are valued for their bezoar stones, a mineral that forms in their gastrointestinal tract. Bezoar stones were once thought to possess healing powers. In some places in Asia, they are even farmed for these stones.
Porcupines are often trafficked along with pangolins, the most trafficked species in the world.
Another extraordinary porcupine rescue story recently involved a man finding an unexpected - and welcome - surprise by the side of the road: