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Rafter saves baby coyote from drowning, nurses it to health and takes it on 10-day adventure

They say dogs are man’s best friend, but this magical tale might make you reconsider the old truism.

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(TMU) – They say dogs are man’s best friend, but this magical tale might make you reconsider the old truism.

A kind Canadian outdoorsman befriended a baby coyote pup after rescuing it from certain death and, in a Disney-like plot twist, he then decided to bring the coyote along for his 10-day rafting trip.

The adorable tale was shared earlier this month on social media by the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan (WRSOS), which shared photos from the unlikely pair’s adventures, explaining that a man named Justin had recently come across the coyote pup as it was drowning in the waterways.

“While he was fishing, he heard something in the water squeak – and that’s when he saw some sort of animal swimming in the river! It’s nose was barely above the water and the water was so dark and murky that Justin couldn’t initially tell what kind of animal it was,” the post read.

“Justin tried to reach for the animal but ended up falling in the freezing cold water as well,” WRSOS added. “Luckily, Justin was somehow able to locate the animal – a coyote pup! – in the water AND catch his raft before it floated away for good!”

Initially, the moment seemed tragic because the coyote pup was unconscious and nonresponsive. However, Justin was able to immediately perform CPR on the helpless creature and “was able to do a modified Heimlich maneuver by pushing on its belly.”

The WRSOS added: “After a few pushes, water squirted out of the coyote’s nose and he was breathing again!”

After saving the life of his new friend, Justin and the pup – who he named YipYip – disembarked on land and warmed up around a fire.

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We have a really amazing coyote pup rescue story to share today! 😍 Our caller Justin was on a multi-day raft trip down the Red Deer and South Saskatchewan Rivers when he heard a commotion coming from somewhere along the shoreline. He said it sounded like a dog fight so he parked his raft and hiked up to a higher elevation to investigate. However, he wasn’t able to see anything so he went back to his raft to go fishing. While he was fishing, he heard something in the water squeak – and that’s when he saw some sort of animal swimming in the river! It’s nose was barely above the water and the water was so dark and murky that Justin couldn’t initially tell what kind of animal it was. Justin tried to reach for the animal but ended up falling in the freezing cold water as well. Luckily, Justin was somehow able to locate the animal – a coyote pup! – in the water AND catch his raft before it floated away for good! Unfortunately, when Justin brought the animal back to his raft, the little coyote pup was unconscious and didn’t seem to be breathing. The pup was lucky yet again as Justin had experience with CPR and was able to do a modified Heimlich manoeuvre by pushing on its belly. After a few pushes, water squirted out of the coyote’s nose and he was breathing again! As Justin was rafting and had limited service over the next 10 or so days, he kept the coyote with him and cared for him the entire time! Justin ended up naming the little guy YipYip and took really good care of him throughout the trip. Eventually, Justin was able to find a place where he could get service and call his wife for advice. Initially, they contacted organizations in Ontario and Manitoba, before they connected with the Swift Current SPCA who got him in touch with us! Our amazing volunteer Samantha in Swift Current helped coordinate the transfer and now YipYip is with our wonderful rehabber Melanie. He will be taken care of until he is old enough to be returned to the wild! If it wasn’t for the wonderfully caring Justin, little YipYip would have perished in the river. To use this content, media outlets must contact [email protected]

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Because Justin was in the middle of a long-haul solo rafting excursion, simply handing YipYip off to a local animal shelter wasn’t adoption. So instead, Justin brought his little pal along “over the next 10 or so days [and] he kept the coyote with him and cared for him the entire time,” the animal welfare group wrote.

“The little pup would eat with Justin, cuddle in his jacket, and sleep in his backpack while they rafted down the river,” the organization added.

When Justin was done with his unforgettable adventure with YipYip, he knew that he couldn’t just keep the baby coyote forever – after all, it simply wouldn’t be fair or feasible for the wild pup to live like any old domesticated pooch.

So Justin and his wife conacted animal shelters throughout the region in hopes to find help before they eventually connected with an SPCA chapter in South Current, Saskatchewan. It was at that point that the rescue reached out to WRSOS for assistance.

According to the animal welfare group, YipYip is now being cared for in a rehabilitation center where he will remain until he’s matured and ready to be released back into the wild safely, the organization said.

“If it wasn’t for the wonderfully caring Justin, little YipYip would have perished in the river,” WRSOS said. “Thank you Justin!”

We have a really amazing coyote pup rescue story to share today! 😍Our caller Justin was on a multi-day raft trip down…

Posted by Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan on Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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Police Rescue Dogs Trapped In Car on Sizzling Hot Day, Owners Complain About Broken Window

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Police in the UK acted quickly to save a two dogs locked inside a car in sizzling hot temperatures by smashing open a window, upsetting the car’s owner over the damage.

Officers responded Sunday to reports that a beagle and another dog were trapped in a car parked in the seaside British city of Brighton on a day of boiling heat.

In video captured of the incident, an officer can be seen jamming his baton through a rear window before finally shattering it to free the pooches.

This prompts the car alarm to go off as the car’s owners can be seen rushing toward it, upset over the police intervention.

A woman, standing with her shocked family, says: “You broke my window out!”

One of the officer responded: “It’s a hot day. You shouldn’t be leaving the dog in the car in this weather.”

The incident happened on a day when people across the region flock to the seaside resort city to dip into the beaches amid surging hot temperatures.

The onlooker who filmed the incident noted that the owners seemed unaware of the dangers posed to their pets by weather conditions.

“Where they had parked there is just no shade,” they told The Sun. “It’s directly on the seafront in 25°C (77°F) weather outside – I’ve got no idea what it was inside the car.”

The family was indignant over what they claim was an overreaction by the police.

“At first it was ‘what the f*** are you doing, why did you break my car window? I was only gone for 10 minutes,’” another witness explained.

“The bloke obviously thought he was completely in the right,” they added. “He didn’t really seem to have much empathy.”

According to UK animal welfare group RSPCA, outside temperatures of 22°C (71°F) can reach a brutal 47°C (116.6°F) inside a car within an hour.

“Police officers attended and tried to get a contact number for the owners of the car but were unable,” a Sussex Police spokesperson said. “Officers had no choice but to smash the side window to gain access and a kind member of the public donated a bottle of water.”

Authorities added that the officers let the pet owners off with a stern warning, without ticketing the family or separating their dogs from them.

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Golden Retriever Filmed Giving Woodchuck Ride Across Massachusetts Lake

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There are some occasions when the natural world resembles something we might think belongs to the realm of Disney films but no – it’s simply the animal kingdom in motion.

Such was the case when a dog owner captured amazing footage of her dog giving a ride to a small rodent across a lake in Massachusetts.

Lauren Russel was with her dog, Wally the golden retriever, at Hickory Hills Lake in Lunenburg last month when the dog encountered a woodchuck in the water.

So Wally did one any good dog of his breed would do – he gave his new friend a ride back to shore.

“He was about 100 meters out and a woodchuck, I think, just crawled right up on his back and he swam back to shore with him,” Russell told WCVB on Monday.

She always knew that her Wally was a friendly pooch, but she never imagined something like this.

“We were flabbergasted. It was unbelievable. We couldn’t believe what we were seeing,” Russell continued.

To top things off, once they arrived onshore, Wally and his fast friend gave each other what appeared to be a kiss.

“They like touched snouts and then he ran away,” Russell said.

You can watch the video of the touching event here:

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Tiny Creature Frozen for 24,000 Years is Brought Back to Life

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A microscopic creature has come back to life and reproduced asexually after 24,000 years of lying dormant in the permafrost of Siberia.

Russian scientists found the tiny freshwater creature, called the bdelloid rotifer, in the rich soil of the Alazeya river of Russia’s far northern Siberan region of Yakutia.

The multicellular organism is common throughout the world and is known to be extremely resilient, capable of surviving extreme cold, dryness, starvation and low oxygen.

While previous research found that it could survive a decade when frozen at -20 degrees Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit), the new study published by the journal Current Biology offers a stunning testimony of the survivability of the tiny animal – which is by far the longest survival period known of any creature in the world.

“Our report is the hardest proof as of today that multicellular animals could withstand tens of thousands of years in cryptobiosis, the state of almost completely arrested metabolism,” said Stas Malavin, an author of the study, in a statement.

Malavin’s Soil Cryology Lab in Pushchino, Russia, used a drilling rig to extract the miniscule organism from roughly a dozen feet below the remote Arctic location.

Once the ancient organism thawed, it reproduced on its own through a process of parthenogenesis. Researchers then found that it could withstand repeatedly being frozen and thawed dozens of times due to its innate processes of cell and organ protection.

“The takeaway is that a multicellular organism can be frozen and stored as such for thousands of years and then return back to life – a dream of many fiction writers,” Malavin said.

“Of course, the more complex the organism, the trickier it is to preserve it alive frozen and, for mammals, it’s not currently possible,” the scientist added. “Yet, moving from a single-celled organism to an organism with a gut and brain, though microscopic, is a big step forward.”

Researchers hope that the knowledge gleaned from studying the microscopic organism will bring further insights on how to preserve animals’ cells, tissues and organs – including those belonging to human beings.

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