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How to Remove Porcupine Quills [VIDEO]

Coyote Peterson volunteers to be ‘quilled’ by a porcupine to show viewers a quick and easy way to remove them.

In the event that you or your beloved furry friends ever have to go through the unpleasant experience of having porcupine quills removed, you might think to just pull them out as quickly as you can. While it is important to remove them immediately to prevent them for driving in deeper, Coyote Peterson recommends that you do not just pull them out.

Porcupine quills are actually lined with tiny microscopic barbs that can cause more pain and damage if pulled out incorrectly. To help teach YouTube viewers exactly what to do after a painful attack, Coyote Peterson voluntarily gets ‘quilled’ by a porcupine to give you a live demonstration of how to remove them as quickly and painlessly as possible. Kids, don’t try this at home.

Though I cannot understand why anyone in their right mind would voluntarily allow a porcupine to jab spikes into their hand, this video is actually quite educational.

If you find yourself having to remove porcupine quills, you should first cut the tops of the quills in order to release the pressure and relax the barbs. The longer you wait, the deeper the quills will go. Next, you should twist and pull gently until you are able to remove the barb. Pulling without twisting is more painful and can actually cause more damage to the skin and surrounding flesh. After all of the quills have been removed, make sure to thoroughly clean the wounds to avoid any type of infection.

Luckily for him, he was only quilled in the hand. Animals, both domesticated and wild, normally see numerous quills in the face. If they are not able to remove them, the quills eventually become so painful that the animal is no longer able to eat and eventually starves.

Despite the painful event that Coyote Peterson experienced, the porcupine walks away unharmed and unphased.

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How to Remove Porcupine Quills [VIDEO]