The so-called “mystery animal,” who some think is a dog, and others believe is a coyote, is gone. On Thursday, Wildlife Works Inc., who was caring for the canine after he was rescued by a Pennsylvania woman who could see that he was in poor condition, announced the “Worst News Ever.”
WORST NEWS EVER!!!!!!!
We don’t know how to tell you this, but the “coyote” escaped last night. We are devastated, and we know you all will be devastated too.
Yes, before the DNA results were even received, the dog/coyote vanished, leaving behind a broken cage, shredded screen, and a mess in the room where he was being held.
Wildlife Works described the chaos found in the room where the animal was being held:
There were scratches on the walls, especially below the window; the window seal was chewed until he was able to force the window open, then he tore through the screen. Not in our wildest dreams did we expect something like this!
Up until his wild escape, the coyote/dog had been calm and showed no signs of distress; basically crouching in the back of his cage and watching those around him.
After receiving a few days of good food and medication, the coyote/dog apparently felt good enough to launch his great escape. Though the creature has escaped, the people who were trying to get him back to good health are not giving up.
As we write this, Morgan and her Dad are out trying to track the animal, and we plan to leave barn and enclosure doors open with plenty of straw and food to entice him. We also have two traps we can set to try to get him back.
As to the question of whether or not he is a coyote or a dog, most are in agreement that his breakout indicates that he is indeed a wild animal, not a domesticated dog.
It remains to see if the animal will be captured again or not. His DNA was taken, so the burning question of whether or not he is a dog or coyote will eventually be answered.
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