WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A family in New England mistakenly brings home a coyote pup after they thought it was a lost puppy.
- They found the young coyote “wandering and distressed by the side of a busy road.”
- When they realized their mistake, the family reached out to the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, Massachusetts for assistance.
A New England family thought they were trying to help a lost puppy when they brought a wild coyote home.
According to the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, Massachusetts, the unidentified family “accidentally” brought home an eastern coyote pup last week after finding it “wandering and distressed by the side of a busy road.”
The family asked for assistance from the Cape Wildlife Center when they realized their mistake. The CWC shared the story on Monday on the organization’s Facebook page.
According to the post, the juvenile coyote is “recovering comfortably” in one of the wildlife center’s isolation wards.
The coyote pup has not been exposed to rabies, a joint determination from the Cape Wildlife Center and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health stated.
“This case had a happy ending, but it could have easily gone differently,’ the Cape Wildlife Center said on Facebook, noting that coyotes “are considered a Rabies vector species” in the Bay State.
The wildlife center also warned that “If the finders had been bitten, scratched, or had extended contact we would have been mandated to euthanize the pup and test for rabies.”
“We are grateful to every single person who takes time out of their day to help wildlife when they are needed, but we always encourage people to call the appropriate resources prior to intervening, it can help keep all involved safe!”
The Cape Wildlife Center added on its Monday’s Facebook post that the Massachusetts coyote pup will soon have “a foster sibling” from the Wildlife Clinic of Rhode Island. The post said they “will soon be introduced” to each other.
“Once both pups receive their vaccinations they will be raised together and will be given a chance to grow and learn natural behaviors in our large outdoor caging,” the wildlife center said.
“We work hard to give them as much of a natural upbringing as possible,” they added, “and will work to replicate the essential behaviors and skills they learn from mom and dad.”