Wembley woman’s dog has encounter with garden porcupine

2009-06-03 00:00

ONE Wembley resident got the fright of her life when she found her dog with quills sticking out of his head on Sunday morning.

Else Schreiner said that, at about 7 am, she found her dog Scilla lying outside her house and noticed, when the dog got up, that its head was oddly shaped.

“Without my glasses I couldn’t make out what it was, but it was just very odd,” said Mrs Schreiner.

Mrs Schreiner said she went closer to the cross-boerbull/boxer and was horrified to find two porcupine quills lodged in its scalp.

Mrs Schreiner said she and her domestic worker gently pulled out the quills.

“Her head, neck, face and nose were all wounded, and she was suffering from shock and was shaking,” she said.

Mrs Schreiner said that at first, they thought that it may have been an intruder who had stabbed the dog with the quills in an attempt to enter the premises.

“I felt very vulnerable at that moment.”

Mrs Schreiner said that after she had dropped Scilla at the vet, she returned home and they investigated her garden, only to discover a pile of quills on the lawn. “There were about 18 quills and more further down,” she said.

Mrs Schreiner said that they left the quills as they were and called Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW).

While waiting for EKZNW, her gardener found a compost heap that had small footprints round it and a hole in it.

“The quills were not very long, so it must have been a young porcupine. We don’t feel it po­ses a threat. Porcupines are not aggressive unless cornered, so we have decided to let it be.”

Mrs Schreiner usually lets her two dogs, which sleep inside the house, out at 5.30 am. On Sunday, however, they were let out earlier.

Mrs Schreiner said she presumes that it was on its way back to its burrow when the encounter took place.

“Scilla has fully recovered, but I don’t think she will ever go near a­nother porcupine ever again.”

She said her son also encountered a porcupine in his yard at night in Old Howick Road recently.

Porcupines are nocturnal.

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