A group of construction workers from Estonia rushed to rescue a dog from an icy river, not aware that the animal they rescued was a wolf.
The incident occurred near the Sindi Dam on the Parnu river. Men working around spotted the wolf trapped in icy waters, so they cleared a path for it to swim to the shore.
After safely rescuing it they rushed the animal to a clinic, only there did they come to know that it was a young wolf.
One of the rescue men Rando Kartsepp speaking to local media said, “We had to carry him over the slope. He weighed a fair bit. He was calm, slept on my legs. When I wanted to stretch them, he raised his head for a moment.”
The Estonian Union for the Protection of Animals (EUPA) said that the wolf had low blood pressure when it arrived at the clinic. After its treatment, vets at the clinic put the wolf in a cage, in case it became more aggressive after recovery.
The incident occured on the 20th which was a Wednesday.
The wolf recovered a few days later and was released into the forest with a GPS collar.
EUPA said, “We are so happy for the outcome of the story, and wish to thank all the participants – especially these men who rescued the wolf and the doctors of the clinic who were not afraid to treat and nurture the wild animal.”
Estonia is estimated to have close to 200 wolves.