"It'll be about three years ago this May, someone brought in an injured female [porcupine]," Byrant said. "I had her in a crate in the living room - I was trying to make her feel comfortable and safe. She had a neurological disorder and was very out of it. But she was here for about three days and I didn't know it, but she was pregnant."
On the third night, Bryant found Mia had climbed out of her crate and sat next to a small, black, wet ball on the floor who turned out to be none other than baby Maude.
Since Mia had a neurological disorder, Bryant ending up taking care of both Mia and Maude. Mia sadly passed away last August, leaving Maude with the only other mother she has ever known.
"Because she's so friendly and was raised in a home, she would go up to dogs if I tried to release her," Bryant said. "So she is under permanent care and lives here ... [Maude] goes with me to a lot of places. I think she thinks she's a dog."
Maude and Bitsy. Ann Bryant