Bella Mae, a three-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. The Noleses believe the porcupine visited their pond to drink because water is becoming scarce in Oklahoma. They think Bella Mae got a little too close for comfort and provoked the animal's ire -- prompting the prickly attack.