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What Happens When You Get Quilled by a Porcupine

Rebecca OConnell

If you or your pet ever get quilled by an agitated porcupine, fear not! Brave Wilderness's Coyote Peterson has generously offered up his hand for the sake of knowledge. After willingly getting stabbed by a porcupine, Peterson shows viewers how to get the quills out. It turns out, the quills have tiny barbs that cling to the skin, so you can't just yank them out. The trick is to cut the tops to release some pressure, then twist and pull. Of course, no matter the method, it's still going to be a painful process.

[h/t SPLOID]