Redditor doodlebug001 apparently works at a college in New Hampshire and posted a story in the headline: An international student ran into our office wearing oven mitts, panicking about a "pig with swords" in his apartment. It wasn’t long before redditor AWildSketchAppeared had an illustration for that intriguing sentence.
When the staff went to investigate, here’s what they found.
It took 45 minutes to shoo the porcupine out of the apartment, and almost that long again to get him to go into the woods. By then he had lost a lot of quills due to panic. The student was Chinese, and someone explained that the Chinese word that means porcupine translates literally to “sword pig” (he didn’t say whether that was in Mandarin or Cantonese). So the student was doing the best he could with the English he knew.