Monday, March 31, 2014

Porcupine preemie

A man named Jared Buzzell was driving to the woods near Minot Maine, U.S., when he saw an animal struck by the car in front of them. He had been on his way to search for mushrooms with medicinal properties, but stopped to see if the porcupine had been killed. It had, so he took the opportunity to search inside its carcass for a valuable mineral deposit called a bezoar, something his uncle had told him about which is prized in Chinese herbal medicine. Instead of the legendary bezoar – the terrestrial equivalent of ambergris? – he found a fetus and coaxed it to life. He describes, "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 and his family are now nursing the baby back to health with formula before turning it over to wildlife authorities (PHOTOS HERE, VIDEO HERE).

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