Brutal. It probably looked like the groundhog they chased last week. BTW, you know what the difference is between a BMW and a porcupine? On a porcupine, the pricks are on the outside.
the Fisher is only animal that can kill a porcupine !!
I used to trail ride with a group of folks. We would take our horses out for a long days ride and then sit around the camp fire at night telling lies er I mean stories. On night one of the riders dog tangled with a porcupine. It took three of us and a good pair of pliers about two hours to pull the quills out of the poor dogs face. The ladies in the group then treated the dog with hydrogen peroxide for the next two nights. It recovered OK but it never left the campsite after that.
We raise porcupines and they make great pets, even the ones right out of the wild are friendly before too long.
Ah, memories! On a trail in Wyoming, about forty years ago, Rocky went after a porcupine and got a snootful. Mom and her two sisters held him down while I used the pliers to pull the quills out of his nose. He was a pretty quiet doggy for a couple of days after that.
Been down that road more than once. When it comes to skunks and porcupines,
dogs have #@! for brains. Even my old man, a well paid dog trainer, couldn't train
that stupid out of them.
And the story says the dogs were 'attacked'! To my knowledge, porkies' quills are for defensive purposes, as they're not known to be aggressive in nature. ('Ya hafta wonder.....)
Also, Lonnie - Since you raise porcupines, my wife just asked a serious question: "How do you go about 'petting' a porcupine????"
With thick gloves ;)
Hey Marv, we had a hired man who had a pet porcupine, he pointed out haw you should never pet an animal against the fur, the quill pig was no exception, you pet them with the grain, not against it.
Wow, Roger! Never could have imagined it...
(I still think I'd rather take my chances with JUST our Jack Russell!)
And what if an accident happens? Remember to twist the quills before pulling them out.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4U-u4CsnygA
My Mother is a Veterinarian. At the clinic they have a drawer full of Polaroids. %80 of the photos are of Dog vs Porcupines. %95 of the time the porcupine wins. Often the quills get in the dogs eye lids, ears, nose cavity, and throat. One occasion when my Mom took me to work with her, I got to see a dog vs. Porcupine case. Some dogs won't quit even after the porcupine is dead, they'll roll on them leaving quills everywhere.
I've had hundreds of quills in my hands, arms, legs and elsewhere from climbing trees to catch them. When we sex the new ones you can bet you will get quills in you besides being bitten by them. In order to sex them you need to lay them on their back which is the one thing they hate more than anything because their belly has no quills and no therefore protection. The guy in the video can say what he wants but cutting them off first really makes no difference from our experience. The quills are so sharp that you generally don't notice it when you get stuck, it's removal where you feel it.
Here is a link to our website with more info and pictures.
Perhaps this is obvious to some, so humor me .... why would anyone want to mess
with porky-pines ? I just see them as a woods critter to observe and leave alone.
We sell our bottle fed babies to zoos so they can handle them and use them for educational purposes. They wouldn't hurt a fly, the quills are just for defense. They are actually quite entertaining to watch, the way they waddle around like a tiny bear and make little noises. We had several babies in the house at one point and when they would wrestle with each other it was pretty funny.