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Report: Cop Ran After Porcupine to Kill It, 'Returned With a Smile'

2 Maine police officers fired, face charges amid allegations they beat porcupines to death

(Newser) - Two Maine police officers have been fired and now face criminal charges after being accused of beating porcupines to death with their batons. The state's Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says that 27-year-old Addison Cox and 30-year-old Michael Rolerson, now formerly of the Rockland Police Department, were hit... More »

Woman Eats Porcupine Quill Without Realizing It

Health problems, predictably, ensue

(Newser) - A woman with mysterious chest pains was in a prickly situation thanks to the porcupine quill she unwittingly swallowed, and which in turn poked a hole in her aorta. Live Science reports the 49-year-old woman went to the ER with shortness of breath and chest pains that worsened when she... More »

Note to Pythons: Maybe Pass on the Giant Porcupines

South African snake's snack turns out to be a fatal idea

(Newser) - Anyone traumatized by the 2005 report of the exploding python might have imagined this wasn't the best idea ever conceived by a predator: A cyclist in South Africa's Lake Eland Game Preserve earlier this month came upon a nearly 13-foot python who looked about as stuffed as your... More »

Man Delivers Dead Porcupine's Baby—by Chance

It surprised him, too

(Newser) - This is one of the strangest animal rescue stories in a while. A motorist in Maine inadvertently delivered a baby porcupine by what amounted to emergency C-section after its mother was killed by car, reports TheDodo . The original story comes from WMTW , which reports that Jared Buzzell saw the mama... More »

Hunters in Pennsylvania Can Bag ... Porcupines?

Game officials declare 7-month season

(Newser) - Pennsylvania porcupines better watch their backs from September to March. The state game commission this week instituted a hunting season for the prickly creatures, much to the dismay of wildlife biologists who say too little is known about their population, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer . One member of the eight-person board... More »

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