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Woman's rescued 'puppy' is really a baby coyote

Fort Worth Woman Saves A Dog, Turns Out It's Not A Dog

A woman in Fort Worth was driving to work when she saw a baby animal on the side of the road. She thought it was a dog so she stopped to pick it up.



Eventually, she found out it wasn't a puppy ... it was a baby coyote, and sadly he was sick with rabies.

Charlene Harboe wrapped him in a blanket and took him to an animal hospital where the vet made the diagnosis. She named the baby coyote Taco and sat with him until animal control could get there and take the coyote away.

Charlene says she feels a little bad about picking him up knowing he will now be euthanized and it wasn't really the ending she had envisioned for the coyote in puppy's clothing.

This isn't the first time a wild animal has been mistaken for a puppy. Some campers in Idaho thought they were rescuing a stray dog but instead brought in this baby wolf. He was sent to a zoo in Boise.

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onionson July 13 2014 at 6:00 AM

I'm glad the baby coyote got to feel some love before the end.

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Connie July 13 2014 at 6:26 AM

Feeling sorry for it because the RABID animal is going to be PTS? As opposed to dying in agony and maybe infecting more animals or people? Rabies is a BIG DEAL -- incurable and fatal.

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blusasha July 13 2014 at 7:53 AM

Its the rabbit coyotes south of the border that worry me.

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blusasha July 13 2014 at 7:09 AM

My vet told me a story about a couple who were out on a mountain road and they hit a cat and it was unconscious - it was an unusually large cat -- yep you guessed it - they had no idea they were transporting a bob cat in their car. They went into my vets office and he went out to the car to help bring it in JUST as it was regaining consciousness. Can you imagine - if it had come to while driving down the mountain? They were a very lucky couple - and so was the cat - which he treated and took back up the mountain and released it after a full recovery.

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Dan blusasha July 13 2014 at 9:20 AM

Then there was the time that Roy Rogers told Gabby Hayes how when he left his new boots that Dale bought him by the back door of their house b'cuz they were muddy & needed to be cleaned, a mountain lion wandered onto the ranch & chewed up the boots. Sometime later they heard a roar & saw a mountain lion in the distance. Gabby then said "Pardon me Roy. Is that the cat that chewed your new shoes?" ☺

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Elizabeth July 13 2014 at 6:21 AM

If he had rabies, he would have died a horrible death anyway.

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blusasha July 13 2014 at 5:53 AM

The announcer looks like that fat woman from over at CNN - Candy Crowley.

I'm not fond of cat eating coyotes and yet I commend the woman for wanting to help. She did everything right...and I am glad she didn't get bit.

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Roger July 13 2014 at 6:52 AM

Young uneducated (as far as wild life is concerned) woman who had no idea what she was doing. When I saw the picture I knew what it was. Education is key to growing up and wildlife is part of that education. How many people feed wild animals and then get upset when it goes badly.

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sgregg38 July 13 2014 at 6:30 AM

It's so sad..poor little thing. but i am so glad she stopped and helped the sweet little baby.. it's just so sad he had rabies. :(

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m.k.goodwin July 13 2014 at 6:09 AM

Poor coyote, but rabies is a very painful disease to treat or can be fatal if not !

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Rob July 13 2014 at 6:49 AM

I see the uneducated libs are out in force this morning. Read about them and get back with us. If they aren't in your state yet, they soon will be threatening your livelihood.

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