Brazilian woman Sandra Nabucco, 52, had a strange and painful experience this week while walking her dog in Gávea, a neighborhood south of Rio de Janeiro. She describes, "It was a huge shock. I felt a thud on my head and then felt spines with my hands. The pain was enormous. I am a strong woman; an old person or child would have died....I saved its life. He broke his fall on my head." She is referring to the porcupine that apparently lost its footing crossing a telephone wire directly above her and embedded 200 of its quills in her scalp (IMAGE ABOVE), which had to be removed by surgeons with tweezers. The only consolation is that it could have been worse.