Three-year-old bulldog Bella Mae in pain.
(Photo: Norman Animal Emergency Center Facebook page)
A three-year-old bulldog in the US is capturing the hearts of pet lovers the world 0ver after his hairy encounter with a porcupine.
The result of the prickly encounter? 500 spikes in the face.
The dog called Bella Mae was treated by the Norman Animal Emergency Centre, who put up his photo, which has since gone viral, on their Facebook page.
Vets at the centre removed the spikes, which measured several centimetres, that were embedded in Bella Mae's face and paws after the attack, which took place in a town called Blanchard in Oklahoma.
He was subsequently kept on medication and under close supervision for a week before being home last Thursday.
Porcupines are generally herbivores and eat leaves, herbs, twigs and green plants but their quills or spines can be released upon contact.
Watch how Bella Mae was treated.
Leopard versus PorcupineThis young male leopard gets a prickly reception after deciding to make a meal of a porcupine.
The big cat was left with sore paws and a bruised ego after losing out in a battle of wits with its spiny opponent.
Using all his hunting techniques, the two-year-old male tried pouncing on the porcupine from above, prodding him and trying to roll him over, but to no avail.
Undeterred, the hungry feline even tried extending a gentle paw as the porcupine shook its foot-long spines ferociously.
After 25 minutes and several painful spines in his paws, the big cat was forced to accept defeat and retreat with his tail between his legs.
The incredible moment was captured on camera by professional wildlife photographer Shem Compion in the Mashatu Game reserve, in Botswana.
Mr Compion, 33, who lives in South Africa, said: 'Excitement hardly describes my feelings - it was one of my top wildlife sightings ever.
'We saw this beautiful leopard lounging on a log and then a few moments later a porcupine walked nearby and started nibbling some roots.
'Suddenly, this relaxed leopard spotted the porcupine and sprang on to high alert, watching the rodent before getting up to stalk him.
'From then on it was full adrenaline. The leopard spent 25 minutes trying to touch the porcupine and get to him.
'The porcupine kept pushing his quills towards the cat and rattling them in a very frightening manner - the leopard would jump in shock.
'He tried all sorts of things to get under the porcupine but nothing was working and eventually he gave up and lay down.
'There's a rule in the bush which says "only food runs", so the porcupine knew to stick around until the leopard had walked away so it could get water from a pool.
'It went from tension to suspense, pain, torment and eventually relief. It was a truly incredible sight.'
The pictures were taken during a photography wildlife safari Mr Compion was leading.