LISBON, Maine (CBS Connecticut/AP) — A chance encounter led to a Maine man saving a baby porcupine from its dead mother’s womb.

Jared Buzzell says he was searching for wild mushrooms when he saw a porcupine get hit by a car.

He had heard porcupines can produce a valuable mineral deposit, called a bezoar, in their stomachs. Bezaors are often used in Chinese medicine.

But when he sliced open the dead animal’s belly, he was surprised to find a baby porcupine, called a porcupette. He tells WMTW-TV  he cut the umbilical cord and thought the baby porcupine was dead until he started massaging it and it began breathing.

Buzzell has been feeding the baby porcupine with a baby bottle and formula. The family plans to give it to a licensed wildlife rescue center.

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