Friday, April 20, 2012

Porcupine attacks sable antelope

Porcupines are small but agressive and SHARP. Their sharp needles penetrate deeply into tissue and don't come out by themselves. Once these needles break off, it can be difficult to find the little piece left. Therefore we quite frequently treat wild animals to remove porpupine needles as quick as possible to avoid infections or worse. Luckily this sable antilope was found soon after the attack. I was able to dart it, remove the needles and treat the wound with disinfectants and systemic antibiotics. No penetration in a join was found, so the prognosis is superb. This makes a happy vet!

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