An escaped porcupine has been recaptured after injuring a dog in Birmingham. The spiky pet, an African porcupine, had been missing from its Kings Heath home for two days. A man and his bull terrier found the spiky rodent in woodland off Broad Lane in Kings Heath at the weekend.
The dog received treatment for minor puncture wounds, before both
animals were given a clean bill of health and returned to their owners. Local resident Sally Hookes photographed the porcupine's rescue by the RSPCA
It is understood the porcupine owner, who runs an exotic
animal education business from her Kings Heath home, had reported the animal
missing to the RSPCA on Saturday morning and put up 'lost porcupine'
The escapee was checked over by RSPCA officers and looked after at West
Midlands Safari Park. Bob Lawrence, from the safari park, said it had a minor wound that needed
treatment with an antiseptic spray. The RSPCA checked the repaired enclosure was suitable for the porcupine
before it was allowed to return to Kings Heath.