“You could see the two bottom incisors were growing up over top of the upper incisors which is abnormal and they were penetrating the nose and into the nasal cavity,” Jenna McFarland with the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society tells CTV Calgary.
She says porcupines, like beavers, need to chew things and grind their incisors or their teeth will keep growing and growing.
“It’s a very common medical issue with rodents and rabbits and hares and we see that quite a bit here,” says McFarland.
It wouldn’t have been much longer before the dental problem killed him.
“He definitely had way more energyonce he was getting enough air. He was eating with less struggles,” says McFarland. “When he actually got back to the property the report for the next couple of days was he was running around and travelling further than he ever had before. He was walking up and down strutting his stuff.”