A woman and a police officer helped save a coyote they found hurt lying in a snowbank covered in snow Wednesday night, prompting the thanks of a local animal rescue.
According to Wildwoods, a wildlife rehabilitator in Duluth, a woman saw a coyote lying in a snowbank and instead of just leaving it, she covered it with a sweatshirt and called the police.
When the officer responded, instead of leaving it and letting nature take its course, he called Wildwoods.
It was after hours, and two Wildwoods workers responded. The coyote couldn't move much, and they secured him and brought him to Wildwoods where he could rest before being transported to Wild and Free in Garrison Thursday morning.
Wildwoods workers weren't sure if he'd make it through the night, but when they got there Thursday morning, the coyote was holding up his head and he had shifted his position in the kennel – both good signs.
The coyote is on its way to Wild and Free, where the vets will assess his injuries and see what they can do for him.
"Fingers crossed for this beautiful wild canine," Wildwoods said. "And thank you to all who helped him!"
Wildwoods noted that not everyone would stop to help a coyote due to their lack of popularity, but Wildwoods heps all wildlife in need regardless of their perceived value to humans. The nonprofit accepts donations here so it can continue with its work.