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Man Rescues Baby Dead Porcupine From Dead Mother

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Photo of Jared Buzzell and the baby porcupine he rescued from its dead mother Photo of Jared Buzzell and the baby porcupine he rescued from its dead mother
Photo of a baby porcupine rescued from its dead mother Photo of a baby porcupine rescued from its dead mother
Lisbon, ME - "He's gonna be healthy, he's gonna make it," says Jared Buzzell, who is caring for a newborn porcupine, who has had a rough couple of days.

Two days ago, Jared says he was driving with a friend when they saw a car hit a porcupine in Minot, Maine. They were going in search of mushrooms.

Jared's uncle had told him about a valuable mineral porcupines make called a bezoar stone, which is used in Chinese medicine.

Jared says, when he realized the porcupine was dead, he says he cut it open to search for the stone. Instead, he found something even more surprising.

"Cut the sack open and out fell the porcupine, 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," Jared says.

And, that brought us to Jared's apartment in Lisbon, where he is hand feeding a baby porcupine every two to three hours, with his daughter's baby doll bottle.

"He said, 'baby formula'," Jared says. referring to a veterinarian. "Did you guys already have that laying around the house?" we asked. "No, I had to go buy some," he says.

Once the little guy gets a bit stronger, the family is handing him off to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator...even if that's kind of a sore subject.

"It's adorable," Jared says. "And, your wife wants to keep it?" we asked. "Yeah, not happening," he says, with a chuckle.

We asked the Maine Warden Service about this. They say, porcupine hunting is allowed year-round, but you cannot have a baby porcupine as a pet. Again, the family will be giving the little guy, to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
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