ANIMALS

Men Saved Large Dog From The Frozen River, And Later Realized It Was A Wild Wolf

Date February 27, 2019 15:15

Winter weather has many hazards for people and animals, including icy waters. Once the ice cracks and the victim gets trapped in the cold water, each minute counts. In Estonia, the construction workers managed to save a dog stuck in the frozen river - except that what they thought was a dog turned out to be a wild wolf.

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The co-workers cleared the path through the ice to the shore, and the animal swam around 100 meters on its own. They felt empathetic for the distressed “dog” and put him in the car and took him to the vet.

One of the rescuers, Rando Kartsepp, told the local reporters that:

We had to carry him over the slope. He weighed a fair bit.

The wolf was weak and stressed, so he did nothing but sleep in the car. Kartsepp also mentioned that:

He was calm, slept on my legs. When I wanted to stretch them, he raised his head for a moment.

The vets didn’t realize it was a wolf in front of them either. The animal suffered from severe hypothermia and stress, but he was nurtured to health quite soon. A local hunter finally confirmed they were actually dealing with a wild wolf!

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The news was surprising to all clinic staff and to the rescuers. The head of the clinic, Tarvo Markson, shared that they kept him in a cage for their own safety. He was a young male, approximately 1-year-old.

The wolf was released back to the wild after therapy in the vet clinic.

Wolves are high-intelligent and social creatures. They are able to create strong bonds with each member of their pack. They can also develop a deep emotional attachment to humans if they have contact often.

The Estonian Union for the Protection of Animals expressed gratitude to all rescuers:

We are so happy for the outcome of the story and wish to thank all the participants – especially these men who rescued the wolf and the doctors of the clinic who were not afraid to treat and nurture the wild animal.

Due to the kind hearts of the construction workers, the poor wolf could escape fatality and return to his habitat! What a wonderful story!

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