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Prickly patient melting hearts at Red Creek Wildlife Center

Prickly patient melting hearts at Red Creek Wildlife Center; video report by WFMZ's Amanda VanAllen

WAYNE TWP., Pa. - His name is Cuddles, but you probably shouldn't touch him.

"We don't usually name our rehab patients. They all get a catalog number," said Peggy Hentz, founder of the Red Creek Wildlife Center, "but everybody got so attached to him and we couldn't help it."

Cuddles is an adult porcupine. He arrived at the Red Creek Wildlife Center in Wayne Township, Schuylkill County, after he was hit by a car.

"He came in with a fractured eye socket, jaw, wrist and scapula, which is the same thing as our shoulder," said Hentz.

Cuddles has been a patient since the summer, and he's already had four surgeries and will need a couple more.

"Through all of this, Cuddles has been extremely cooperative taking his medications," she said.

There are porcupines in Berks County, but they are more common in other parts of the state.

"They are known for being more of a northern animal. They are very common, like up in Tioga County and Potter County and up in the Poconos," said Hentz, "but they are moving south and they have been for years."

Hentz said Cuddles will stay through the winter for treatment, but she hopes he can be released one day.

"We want to see him be released. We do, and if that is not possible, but that will be our ultimate goal, if it is not possible, he can have a life here at Red Creek," she said. "We can apply to keep him as an ambassador for wildlife. We think that he would make a good education animal."

The Red Creek Wildlife Center relies on donations to keep helping animals like Cuddles and the thousands of others each year. You can help by donating online.

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