The adorable pup was found “stray and in distress” on the side of the road, according to a Facebook post from the Cape Wildlife Center. Worried for its safety, the family took the animal in their car. But soon after, they realized it might not be a dog. Want to know more? We reveal all the details in the following lines! To your readings!
The puppy that this family found was not a dog!
“After realizing the pup they picked up was not a dog, they called us for help,” the wildlife center said. This is also part of the New England Wildlife Center, a non-profit organization that provides free veterinary care to about 5,000 animals a year!
Zack Mertz, executive director of the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, told CNN thatit is not uncommon to see baby coyotes and foxes wander around this time of year. Puppies are just getting to the age where they begin to explore away from their families. However, it is not known if this little one simply moved away from his family or if his mother was injured or killed!
The baby coyote is in good hands!
Center staff “were very quickly able to identify him as a coyote, which was definitely still at an age where he should have been with his parents,” Mertz said. The puppy, five to six weeks old, was cleared of rabies and received its first round of vaccinations, Mertz said. The wildlife protection center willtemporarily raise alongside a female coyote three to four week old who was recently transferred from the Wildlife Clinic of Rhode Island.
Mr Merts also pointed out thatit is essential to raise the pup alongside a foster sibling due to the social nature of coyotes. “One of the best things you can do for this poor animal is to provide at least one sibling of the same age,” he says.
The puppy receives the best possible care
Merts said staff at the center strive to come into contact with coyotes as little as possible. It is so that canines do not associate humans with food and retain a natural education as much as possible. They also strive to simulate the natural environment of coyotes (especially pups) by decorating their large enclosures “as naturally as possible.” And that by providing them with food and climbing challenges that “help them practice the kinds of behaviors they would need” in the wild!
Staff plan to introduce the two pups in about a week, once the female has grown slightly. If all goes well, they will spend about six months at the center before being released into the wild in mid-autumn. Mertz said anyone who sees a baby coyote or other animal alone in the wild should be aware that its parents may be nearby. It is therefore necessary to contact the local wildlife protection service before intervening!