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Pit Bull vs. Porcupine?

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Netlore Archive: Viral images purport to show the result of an unfortunate encounter between a dog and a porcupine.

Description: Viral images
Circulating since: July 2005
Status: Authentic / Mislabeled (see details below)


Example:
Email contributed by Barbara M., July 21, 2005:

What do you get when a pitbull picks a fight with a porcupine?

A BALD PORCUPINE!

Dogs and porcupines don't mix.
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What happens when a dog meets a porcupine.
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Analysis: Apart from the fact that the poor pooch pictured above is incorrectly identified as a pit bull (she's actually a bull terrier), these pictures are authentic. They were originally posted by the dog's owner on a community message board on May 25, 2005. The terrier's name is Inca.

"Thousands of quills were embedded even in her tongue," her owner explained. "The vets worked for quite some time to get quills out and even still could not get them all. The one's that are left will work themselves out over time. Inca is home and on antibiotics and pain killers."

In a follow-up post dated July 13, Inca's owner reported that "she is just fine and has just the odd broken bit come out once in awhile. Other than that she is back to her old self."

Moral of the story: Dogs and porcupines don't mix.


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Sources and further reading:

Quick Facts: Porcupines, Quills and Pets
About.com: Veterinary Medicine

Bull Terrier 1, Porcupine 0
May 25, 2005 posting on the Citytv Community Board


Last updated: 09/20/13


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