LISBON, ME (WMTW/CNN) — A man in Maine got more than he bargained for when he retrieved a porcupine hit by a car from the road.
The female animal was dead, but the baby she was carrying was not.
This little guy has had a rough couple of days.
Two days ago, Jared Buzzell, says he was driving with a friend when they saw a car hit a porcupine in Minot.
Jared’s uncle had told him about a valuable mineral porcupines make called a bezoar stone.
It’s 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,” said Buzzell.
That brings us to Buzzell’s apartment in Lisbon, hand feeding the baby porcupine every two to three hours formula with his daughter’s baby doll bottle.
Once the little guy gets a bit stronger, the family is handing him off to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
It seems like a good idea the family is handing their new acquisition over to a professional: The Maine Warden Service says it’s illegal to have a baby porcupine as a pet.