Life is full of surprises and you’ll never know what will happen in the next minute. Even when you think you’re ready for all the possibilities, there’re still so many things you just can’t imagine. For example, a wolf inside your vehicle.
It started as a perfectly normal day for three Estonian dam workers Rando Kartsepp, Robin Sillamäe, and Erki Väli, until something in the nearly-frozen Pärnu River caught their eye. It was a dog, struggling helplessly in the icy water.
After clearing a path through the thin ice, they took the animal out of the water, wrapped it in a towel, and put it in a car to make him warm in below zero temperatures. “We had to carry him over the slope. He weighed a fair bit,” one of the workers remembers.
The three men called the animal Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ and were told to take the ‘dog’ to a veterinary clinic in a nearby city. Rando, one of the workers, said that the animal was sleeping peacefully in the car, with its head resting on the man’s lap. According to him, it was calm and when Rando wanted to stretch his legs, it raised its head for a moment. The specialists later found out that the wild animal had low blood pressure at the moment, which might explain the docile behavior displayed.
The vets couldn’t identify the breed of the dog, so they decided to call a local ʜᴜɴᴛᴇʀ to ask if he could help them do the job. The experienced ʜᴜɴᴛᴇʀ knew exactly what he was dealing with. It turned out the sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴏʀ actually wasn’t a domestic dog, it was a wolf!
For everyone’s safety, they placed the wolf in a crate and continued his care. Luckily, once veterinarians got the wolf warmed up with blankets and heaters, his behavior started to return to normal, and he was placed into a secure kennel for his own safety and that of the veterinarians. A medical check confirmed the wolf was otherwise healthy, so he was able to go back to the wild shortly after the incident.
“We are so happy for the outcome of the story, and wish to thank all the participants — especially these men who ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇᴅ the wolf and the doctors of the clinic who were not afraid to treat and nurture the wild animal,” the Estonian Union for the Protection of Animals, which looked after the wolf, told the BBC. “The wolf recovered from its brush with ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ within the day and, after being fitted with a GPS collar by researchers from the national environmental agency, was released back into the wild.”