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A Porcupine's Tail

The vets anesthetized Winnie so that they could take a good look at her tail. Even while under anesthesia the vets and keepers used thick leather gloves to protect their hands from her sharp quills.

The vets' physical examination confirmed that her tail was wounded. The vets took x-rays to view the tail bones, and they took a skin culture to look for infection.

Take a look at Winnie’s x-ray. What do you think might be wrong with Winnie?

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porcupine tail x-ray

X-ray taken with Fujifilm Computed Radiography (CR) Digital X-ray System