WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A frozen dog trapped in the icy waters of the river Pärnu was rescued by workers in Estonia, but it turned out that the dog was actually a wolf.
- Due to the animal’s behavior which the workers described as ‘incredibly calm and passive’ is likely the reason why they assumed the animal was a ‘dog’.
- The wolf was later given proper treatment for shock and hypothermia and was placed in a cage as it recovered.
After Estonian construction workers risked their lives to rescue a frozen dog, they later learned that it wasn’t a dog they saved from the Pärnu River but rather, a wolf.
“We thank the heart of the young men who went to help this wild animal,” wrote the Estonian Union for the Protection of Animals in a Facebook post.
According to the EUPA post, while doing dredging work on the Sindi dam last week, Robin Sillamäe, Rando Kartsepp and Erki Väli saw what they thought was a frozen dog trapped in the freezing river.
The men quickly cleared a path so the animal can swim to shore. Once within their reach, the workers did their best to dry it with towels before taking it to a nearby vet clinic for treatment
The animal was extremely calm and docile, which may explain why the workers thought it was a dog, explained the post.
“He was calm as he slept on my legs. He raised his head for a moment when I wanted to stretch my legs,” said Kartsepp as he shared the details to Estonian newspaper Postimees.
Veterinarians treated the ‘dog’ for hypothermia and shock and explained that its subdued behavior was due to low blood pressure.
While the vets were doubtful in believing the animal was just a domestic canine, an unnamed local hunter was able to determine that the ‘dog’ was actually a 1-year-old wolf.
Upon learning this, veterinarian Tarvo Markson told the Postimees that things may turn dangerous once the wolf recovers and goes back to his wild nature, so they placed him in a cage while he recovered.
BBC News reported that the wolf regained its strength within a day, and was released back into the wild with a GPS collar from the national environment agency researchers.