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Golfer falls back into Jumping Chollah cactus, pain likely ensues (photo)

Sweet sassy molassesey. That doesn’t look good.

Courtesy of @jtbourne (by way of golf writer Shane Bacon’s Twitter account), comes this photo of one golfer’s particularly painful experience while playing some desert golf. According to the original tweet, this unidentified golfer apparently fell back into a Jumping Chollah during his swing, and as you can see, the situation got a little prickly from there.

For those unfamiliar with the cactus Cylindropuntia fulgida, some relevant qualities of the desert plant:

The “jumping cholla” name comes from the ease with which the stems detach when brushed, giving the impression that the stem jumped. Often the merest touch will leave a person with bits of cactus hanging on their clothes to be discovered later when either sitting or leaning on them. The ground around a mature plant will often be covered with dead stems, and young plants are started from stems that have fallen from the adult. They attach themselves to desert animals and are dispersed for short distances.

Goodness gracious, he resembles what a male, green porcupine suffering through the degrading and emasculating experience of quill loss might look like. Happens to the best of them, I guess.