Finding this animal can be extremely difficult especially on official servers if you don't have a flyer yet. It's less rare near mountains and metal spawns. One of the most easy places to find one on the Island, is in the middle of redwood.
Not sure where this goes but if u place a spike wall in front of them and when their health is low enough they have to turn into a ball and be stuck in a constant cycle until the spike wall is removed. It's a great way if you find one and want to tame it later. Unless it gets killed by something else while in a ball it should be fine. I stil have one stuck on one of my walls and ima keep it ther until I can tame it for stones.