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Dog vs. Porcupine

Do photographs show the aftermath of a porcupine vs. pit bull encounter?

Published Jul 19, 2005

Claim:   Photographs show the aftermath of a dog vs. porcupine encounter.

Status:   True.

Example:   [Collected on the Internet, 2005]

What happens when a pitbull picks a fight with a porcupine?

Somewhere out there is a naked Porcupine.

This dog apparently did not know when to quit when she encountered the porcupine.

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Origins:   An alternate version of this e-mail provides the additional information that the dog pictured above is a female bull terrier named Inca who had her memorable encounter with a porcupine in May 2005:

Inca apparently did not know when to quit when she encountered the porcupine on Victoria Day, May 23rd. These are the pictures the vet sent before the long (and expensive) procedure to remove the quills. She had thousands of quills, and her tongue was so covered, she could not close her mouth.

It was pretty scary at first. She is doing okay now, but looks like a World War III survivor as they had to cut some out in places, stitched between her toes, and many quills bled on removal.

Here are still quills buried in her, but they should work their way out over time (I pulled four more today). She is on antibiotics and pain meds and thankfully is doing quite well. Maybe she was showing off for her new boyfriend, Rocky, I don't know; but he only got a few in him, which friends were able to remove. Ike, of course, had better sense.

I sure hope that the Queen of Quills has learned her lesson...

These photos (along with a pre-quilling picture of Inca) were posted to the Citytv message board.

Last updated:   25 July 2005


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