Three kind construction workers from Estonia spent the adventure of their lives last Wednesday, when they rescued a frozen animal from the river. Rando Kartsepp, Robin Sillamae and Erki Vali were dredging when they saw something that looked like a dog caught in the dam, swimming in the icy waters of the Parnu River. After clearing a path through the ice, they pulled the animal out of the water, wrapped it in a towel and put it in the car to warm up. “We had to carry him down the slope, he was quite heavy,” remembers one of the workers.
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The three men the called animal rescue and were told to take the “dog” to a vet in the nearest town. Rando claims that the animal was sleeping peacefully in the car, with its head resting on his lap. According to him, it was calm and when he stretched his legs a little, the animal raised its head for a moment. Later, the specialist discovered that the animal had low blood pressure, which could explain its docile behavior.
When the workers arrived, the specialists at the clinic observed the animal and did not know exactly what it was. It was a local hunter who told them that the frozen animal was actually a wolf, not a friendly dog as they thought. He also confirmed that it was a male and was about one year old.
Shortly after rescuing the animal, the Estonian Animal Protection Union posted on Facebook: “When we reached the shore, the poor wolf was exhausted, frozen and suffering from hypothermia. The men ran to the car, brought a towel and dried him out. Then they took him to the warmth of the car and called us. It was a challenge for us to think what to do with a dog in distress at 8 o’clock in the morning, which could have been a wolf.”
The wolf has already recovered and has been returned to its habitat after researchers from the National Environmental Agency put a GPS collar on it. The EUPA paid for the wolf’s treatment and then declared to the media: “We are happy with how this story ended and want to thank all the participants, especially the men who rescued the wolf and the veterinarians at the clinic who were not afraid to treat and care for this wild animal”.