facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

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   |   March 31, 2014 at 10:19 AM   |   Comments

http://cdnph.upi.com/sv/em/i/UPI-6441396273779/2014/1/13962741453221/Maine-man-performs-C-section-on-dead-porcupine-and-saves-baby.jpg
March 31 (UPI) -- 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.


[WMTW]

Follow @itishowitis and @UPI on Twitter.
Contact the Author
© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Man apologizes for double 'wet Willy' on policeman Man apologizes for double 'wet Willy' on policeman
2
Dog dumped in woods with crossbow bolt in head, millimeters from brain Dog dumped in woods with crossbow bolt in head, millimeters from brain
3
Too good a mood to work and other strangest sick day excuses Too good a mood to work and other strangest sick day excuses
4
Panty raid: Homeland Security seizes Royals undies Panty raid: Homeland Security seizes Royals undies
5
Man pulls 14 cars over 18 feet for world record Man pulls 14 cars over 18 feet for world record
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback