Bella Mae, a 3-year-old bulldog from Oklahoma, learned a lesson she probably won't forget after she tangled with a porcupine and was left with 500 quills stuck in her face.
Veterinarians in Norman undertook emergency surgery on her to remove the prickly spines from her head and her feet.
Some of the quills are still inside her body, veterinarians believe, though she is now recovering from the attack.
Jerry and Allison Noles told KWTV the bulldog was playing with their other pets near their pond on July 29th, when they encountered an ambling porcupine.
The bristly rodents are typically nocturnal, slow and passive.
Doctors at the Animal Emergency Center worked on the operating table to dig the quills out of the bulldog's face, neck, legs and chest.
The lucky pooch was not hit in the eyes.
Veterinarian Leonardo Baez told KWTV he has never seen such a horrific porcupine attack against a pet before.
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