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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