The Thorny Encounter: A Dog’s Confrontation with a Pain-Ridden Hedgehog, Braving Sharp Spikes and the Unconsciousness That Followed.

The Thorny Encounter: A Dog’s Confrontation with a Pain-Ridden Hedgehog, Braving Sharp Spikes and the Unconsciousness That Followed.


A curious Saint Bernard has come off second best after an encounter with a defensive porcupine.

The dog named Ruckus sustained shocking injuries after his face and jowls were pierced with countless quills during the run-in last month.

He was surrendered to an animal shelter called the Lollypop Farm, in the US state of New York, so he could receive the treatment he needed.

The shelter has since shared his story on their website and Facebook page, including jaw-dropping images of the quills poking through his skin and even protruding into the inside of his mouth.

“The second picture where you can see the quills in the mouth is frightening,” one person wrote on Facebook, while many others described it as “so sad”.

Unfortunately this was not the dog’s first encounter with a porcupine. Source: Lollypop Farm/ Facebook

Fortunately the veterinary team were able to remove the quills safely from the injured dog, telling one Facebook user the procedure took about two hours.

“Ruckus was anaesthetised so that he would be comfortable and without pain when the needles were removed by our veterinarian,” the shelter wrote.

His previous owners told the shelter it was not the first time Ruckus has had a confrontation with a porcupine.

The shelter told a Facebook user that it took about two hours to remove all the quills which had pierced through the dog’s face. Source: Lollypop Farm

Ruckus was surrendered so he could have “a second chance at a new home, where he might not have such unfortunate encounters,” Lollypop Farm stated on Facebook.

According to the animal shelter’s website, porcupines can have more than 30,000 quills.

“Contrary to popular belief, porcupines can’t actually ‘shoot’ their quills, but a simple swipe of their tail at a dog that’s gotten too close is enough to release them,” the website states.

The shelter added that even though the animals can detach their quills easily, they are hard to remove once lodged into a different animal.

Fortunately Ruckus has recovered from the ordeal and has already found a new home.

“We are so happy for Ruckus, and we hope that he never crosses the path of a porcupine again,” the shelter wrote on Facebook.

“Have the best life ever, big guy!”

Related Posts

Unblessed Birthday Blues: Reflections on a Lack of Well-Wishes – luantrum27

Pleased Birthday! 🎂🎁🎉 I’m sorry to listen to that you just haven’t acquired any birthday needs but, however don’t fear, there’s nonetheless time for them to come back pouring…

Adorable Pup Left Near Road Fights for Survival Until Encountering Its Heroic Rescuers ‎- luantrum27

It’s totally saddening that some heartless folks give themselves the correct to steal a dog’s best dream – the dream of getting a household who loves them….

Scott McTominay and Scotland suffered a bitter defeat when they were eliminated from the Euro after losing 1-0 to Hungary, finishing bottom of Group A.

Scott McTominay and Scotland suffered a bitter defeat when they were eliminated from the Euro after losing 1-0 to Hungary, finishing bottom of Group A. A𝚗d so…

Today is my birthday 🎂️🎉️🎈, I hope to receive a little bit of love here and hoping to receive lots of congratulations. ‎😔🥺 ‎

Today is my birthday , I hope to receive a little bit of love here and hoping to receive lots of congratulations. ‎ ‎ Today, with a…

Happy Barkday to my wonderful pup! 🐾🎉 Drop a comment to wish them a happy birthday! ‎

Happy Barkday to my wonderful pup! Drop a comment to wish them a happy birthday! ‎ The day I turned 10 years previous will eternally stay etched…

Hey, I’m Ginger! Today’s my birthday—I’m 11 years young! Send me some love, please!.

Hey, I’m Ginger! Today’s my birthday—I’m 11 years young! Send me some love, please!. Though the mere considered animal euthanasia terrifies all  dog homeowners, it’s a unhappy actuality of…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *