Lost Puppy Turns Out to Be Coyote


Animal rescuers confirmed that a lost puppy found by a family was in fact a coyote pup. The pup was found wandering and distressed by the side of a busy road. A local family found him and took him home after they mistakenly identified him as an abandoned puppy.

After the family realized their mix-up, they called the Cape Wildlife Center for assistance. The Cape Wildlife Center provided more details on the incident in a Facebook post.

“With the help of the Mass Department of Public Health we were able to determine there was no potential exposure risk to rabies, and were able to clear him for care and granted permission to rehab by Mass Wildlife,” they said.

The coyote is recovering in one of their isolation wards but will soon be introduced to a foster sibling from the Wildlife Clinic of Rhode Island. Once the pups each receive their vaccinations, they can be raised together in the Cape Wildlife Center’s large outdoor caging area.

“We work hard to give them as much of a natural upbringing as possible, and will work to replicate the essential behaviors and skills they learn from mom and dad.”

The Cape Wildlife Center will continue to provide updates on their progress and introduction.


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