- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 30, 2014

A man in Maine got the story of a lifetime when he inadvertently performed a roadside c-section on a dead porcupine, saving its baby.

Jared Buzzell told Fox 31 Denver that he and his friend were driving when they saw a car hit a porcupine in Minot, Maine.

Mr. Buzzell had recalled that porcupines produce a valuable mineral used in Chinese medicine called a bezoar stone that can be found in mammal’s the gastrointestinal system.

He said he started to cut the porcupine open to search for the stone when he found a live baby porcupine inside.

“(I) cut the sack open and out fell the porcupine,” he told the station. “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.”

The baby porcupine is now living in Mr. Buzzell’s apartment and receives bottle-feedings every two to three hours with his daughter’s baby doll bottle.

He said the plan is to rehabilitate the animal and hand it off to a professional, but his wife said she might consider keeping it.

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