Man gives porcupine a C-section, saves baby

23:00, Mar 31 2014
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Jared Buzzell is feeding the baby porcupine with his daughter's toy doll bottle.

An American man cut open some roadkill in the hopes of finding a valuable mineral - but instead discovered a living baby porcupine.

The bizarre tale began when Jared Buzzell went out to Minot, Maine, to search for mushrooms, which he collects for medicinal purposes.

When the car in front of him hit a porcupine, his first reaction was to stop and check if it was alive, Buzzell told WMTV.

Finding it dead, he cut open the porcupine to look something called a bezoar stone - a tightly packed partially digested mineral deposit found in the digestive system of animals. The masses are used in Chinese herbal medicines. 

Buzzell was surprised to instead discover a baby porcupine.

"[I] cut the sack open and out fell the porcupine.  I cut the umbilical cord, put it in a hat. We thought it was dead, then I started massaging it and all kinds of stuff starting coming out of its lungs so it started breathing," said Buzzell.


He's since taken it upon himself to look after the baby until it can be given to an animal rescue centre.

The baby porcupine requires regular feeding every two to three hours, and Buzzell feeds it baby formula from his daughter's toy doll bottle.

He admits it’s a strange story, but is glad he checked for the bezoar stone, because it saved the baby animal's life.

Buzzell said he will take the porcupine to an animal rescue centre in the next couple of days.