Maine man performs C-section on dead porcupine and saves baby

Jared Buzzell was looking for a valuable mineral deposit in the animal's stomach.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   March 31, 2014 at 10:19 AM

A Maine man who was looking for a mineral found something even more valuable when he cut open the stomach of a dead porcupine on the side of the road in Minot.

Jared Buzzell sliced open the piece of roadkill in search of a mineral deposit used in Chinese medicine, called a bezoar stone, that forms in the bellies of porcupines, and found a baby animal instead.

After performing the unexpected C-section, Buzzell cut the umbilical cord and started massaging the baby porcupine until it showed signs of life.

"(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," Buzzell told WMTW.

Buzzell was in the area because he was on his way to search for wild mushrooms.

He took the animal home and began nursing it back to health by feeding it baby formula, but does plan to give it up to an animal rescue shelter.


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