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Maine man saves baby porcupine after finding dead mother

Maine Man Saves Baby Porcupine from Dead Mother's Womb

A Lisbon man has quite the tale to tell after saving a baby porcupine from its mother's womb when she was hit by a car.

Jared Buzzell said he was on his way to search for mushrooms in Minot, which he collects for medicinal purposes.

He said he saw the car in front of him hit a porcupine and slowed down to check on it.

Buzzell said his uncle had told him a valuable mineral will form in a porcupine's stomach, so when he realized the animal was dead, he said he cut it open to look inside.

"(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 now taken it upon himself to look after the baby until it can be given to an animal rescue in the next couple of days.

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

He said he knows the story sounds bizarre, but is glad he checked to see if his uncle's story was true, because it saved the baby animal's life.

Buzzell said the porcupine will be taken to an animal rescue in the next couple of days.

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HitorMizz101 March 31 2014 at 11:00 AM

Now thats a good man, thats so cool of you. I know that you have the best heart and spirit, Enjoy !

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StyxnStuff March 31 2014 at 10:12 AM

Awwwwwwwwwwwwww how wonderful.......lucky little porkey

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carsplusrick March 31 2014 at 12:57 PM


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cherylhaass carsplusrick March 31 2014 at 1:09 PM

Yeah, no kidding. Just scroll up above it for 20 seconds, take deep breaths, it will soon pass...

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Quality March 31 2014 at 2:53 PM

Um... what KIND of mushrooms?

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Jim Quality March 31 2014 at 3:18 PM

"medical" ones. :-)

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selena2v March 31 2014 at 11:23 AM

I'm glad the baby porcupine is alive and doing well and it's wonderful that he is taking care of it, but let's not forget that he did cut the mother's stomach open for a valuable mineral? He's weird.

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Gloria selena2v March 31 2014 at 12:20 PM

The animal was already dead, it's not like he killed it to get the mineral. Would it have been better to just let it rot in the road? If he hadn't done this, we wouldn't have this lovely story about the baby porcupine.

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baldinia March 31 2014 at 10:00 AM

Mining minerals after the miniature mammal's misfortune while meandering through Minot's meadows looking for medicinal mushrooms sounds marvelous.

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ros22 March 31 2014 at 11:49 AM


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ambonding March 31 2014 at 11:53 AM

What an adorable baby animal. Hope he lives a long happy life. Glad Mr. Buzzell was at the right place at the right time.

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Tigger's Daddy. March 31 2014 at 11:58 AM

Great story. I hope he has a nice bond form with it and maybe if it gets donated to a zoo or something he can visit it . After all he saved its life.

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originalsbyterry March 31 2014 at 3:26 PM

For those of you who would like to learn more about porcupines, find a book by past Public Radio commentator, Ronald Rood, called "How Do You Spank a Porcupine?" They are really marvelous creatures.

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