We rescued an adorable lost puppy from the streets – but then we realized it was something MUCH more dangerous

A family who thought they had rescued an adorable lost puppy from the streets were stunned when they discovered his true identity.

The animal lovers initially believed they had heroically rescued a sweet puppy they found “wandering and distressed” on a busy road.

The family thought they had rescued an adorable puppy that was roaming the streets


The family thought they had rescued an adorable puppy that was roaming the streetsPhoto credit: FACEBOOK/Cape Wildlife Center
But it turned out that it was a small coyote that had become separated from its pack


But it turned out that it was a small coyote that had become separated from its packPhoto credit: Getty

But the brood from Massachusetts, USA, had picked up a baby coyote in Cape Cod and unknowingly brought it into their home on April 23.

Realizing they had made a dangerous mistake, they hastily called the New England Wildlife Center (NEWC) for help.

Spokeswoman Nina Flaherty-Bellotti said The Boston Globe that the unnamed family had the animal for “less than 24 hours.”

The nonprofit wildlife clinic explained the major mixup in a Facebook post, explaining that the coyote had been separated from its pack.

It said its experts initially feared the family may have been exposed to rabies.

Coyotes roaming the United States are often infected with the deadly infection, which can kill all mammals, including humans.

But together with the Ministry of Health, the NEWC determined that “there is no potential risk of exposure to rabies.”

This meant wildlife experts were able to release the coyote cub for care and it is now “recovering well” in an isolation facility.

But the wild animal won’t be alone for long, as it will soon be introduced to its foster sibling, who has arrived from another clinic.

The post continues: “Once both puppies have received their vaccinations, they will be raised together and given the chance to grow and learn natural behaviors in our large outdoor cage.”

“We are working hard to give them the most natural upbringing possible and will work to reproduce the essential behaviors and skills they learn from Mom and Dad.”

“This case had a happy ending, but it could easily have turned out differently.”

The center said it would have been “ordered to euthanize and test for rabies” if the family had been bitten, scratched or had prolonged contact with the coyote.

State wildlife officials said eastern coyotes typically give birth to four to eight pups during the months of April or May.

The New England Wildlife Center plans to release the two coyotes in the coming months, Flaherty-Bellotti said.

The nonprofit promised to post updates on the coyotes’ progress and photos of their introduction on its Facebook page.

The family isn’t the only one tricked into adopting a wolfdog.

We previously shared how an animal lover accidentally picked up a baby coyote that he thought was an abandoned pup.

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PaulLeBlanc is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. PaulLeBlanc joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: paulleblanc@dailynationtoday.com.

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