A family in Massachusetts was convinced that they had welcomed a young dog into their home at the end of April. It was actually a baby coyote.
A Barnstable, Massachusetts family was walking near a busy road when they noticed a small animal. Touched by this visibly misplaced ball of fur, the witnesses took it away with them, convinced that they were dealing with a puppy. It didn’t take long for the family, however, to realize that their new companion was not a pet, but a coyote. The inhabitants had the good reflex by calling a local shelter, writes Today.
Volunteers from the Cape Wildlife Center responded to the family’s home, assisted by staff from the Department of Public Health. The specialists were able to determine that there was no risk of exposure to rabies, and the small animal was taken care of by the shelter, where it was placed in isolation. The little coyote will soon be joined by one of his congeners. “Once the two babies have received their vaccines, they will be raised together and will have the opportunity to grow and learn natural behaviors in our large outdoor cage,” explains the shelter, on Facebook.
The two young coyotes will be released into the wild later this year when they are ready for adventure. “This story ends well, but it could very well have been otherwise”, can we read on the social network. The saviors of the small animal could indeed have been bitten or scratched by the animal. In this case, “we would have been forced to euthanize the baby and test him for rabies,” notes the shelter. This recommends that people who come across an animal in the wild contact the authorities before seizing it.