17/01/2014 09:50 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 16:01 GMT

Porcupine Plummets Off Lamppost, Embeds Brazilian Woman Sandra Nabucco's Head With 200 Quills (PICTURES)

A Brazilian woman was hospitalised on Wednesday after a porcupine fell onto her head and embedded almost 200 of its quills in her scalp.

The bizarre accident occurred as housewife Sandra Nabucco walked her dog in Gávea, south of Rio de Janeiro, Globo reports.

The 52-year-old told the newspaper: “It was a huge shock. I felt a thud on my head and then felt spines with my hands. The pain was enormous.”

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Ouch: Sandra Nabucco was hospitalised with up to 200 porcupine quills embedded in her scalp

The quills were removed by surgeons using tweezers.

Nabucco, who is taking antibiotics to ward off any infection, added: “I’m a strong woman; an old person or a child would have died. I also care about the animals.”

The animal is believed to have fallen from a lamppost.

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That's gotta hurt: Some of the quills removed from Nabucco's head

It’s not the first time a porcupine has clashed with a human being.

Albeit while this incident was clearly unintentional, last month we brought you footage of a skier being attacked by a porcupine in Alta, Utah.

You don't want to get on the wrong side of these prickly little bastards, that's for sure.