Doctors perform eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) on people for cosmetic purposes on a regular basis. But Israeli doctors and veterinarians recently operated on an unusually prickly patient – a wild porcupine on the verge of going blind.

The injured quill arrived with severe facial damage to the Wildlife Hospital at the Ramat Gan Safari. Veterinarians onsite examined the porcupine and found that the enormous rodent had hurt her face while trying to escape from a trap. They said that the scarring made it impossible for her to blink and thus threatened the quill’s eyesight.