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He Thought He Was Slapping Away An Opossum...But It Was Actually A Porcupine

NOVEMBER 30, 2015  —  By Mike Cahill  
Mike Cahill

Mike Cahill

Mike is ViralNova's resident Editor of the Weird. If it makes you say "OMG! That's terrible!!!" then Mike probably wrote it. Despite the subject of his articles Mike is surprisingly well adjusted. When he's not writing, he's making music, performing, and producing podcasts.

In the animal kingdom, you might say that no two creatures are more different than the porcupine and the opossum. Okay, maybe they're a little bit similar, but when you put them next to each other, it's easy to tell them apart.

Unless, of course, it's dark out and you've had a few drinks. At that point, pretty much everything looks the same. That's a painful lesson that this Brazilian man learned over the weekend.

Antonio Rodrigues Mororó was throwing a party at his home in Rio when he got a call from a guest who was too afraid to ring his doorbell.

She told Mororó that there was an opossum blocking the doorway. Being the fearless man he is, Mororó went out there to take care of the situation.

However, instead of simply shooing it away, Mororó decided to slap the creature...which turned out to be a very unhappy porcupine.

The result was a handful of 400 quills. Looks painful, right?

Doctors administered multiple doses of anesthetic before they removed the quills. Mororó's anguished cries were heard throughout the hospital.

As for the porcupine, it got away and is still roaming around in Mororó's neighborhood. It's probably looking for revenge.

(via Dangerous Minds)

This is why you don't go up to wild animals and slap them in the face. It makes me sad that this isn't common knowledge.