Quill Bear

Quill Bear

Every now and then a grizzly bear, especially a young grizzly bear will stick its nose somewhere it’s not supposed to. That’s what’s happened to this juvenile grizzly bear late last summer. If you take a closer look at the end of her nose, you will see she has the white needle-like quill of a porcupine sticking out of her nostril. I’d spotted some quills on the side of her nose a day or two earlier to this shot and they had gone by this encounter, but this one still remained embedded. In most cases they do fall out before they have a chance to become infected and fortunately for this bear, the final one in her nose there did finally fall out the next day. But in the meantime I’m sure her and her brother, who also had a couple of quills in his snout, learned a valuable lesson about staying away from porcupines!

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