A wolf has escaped certain death after being dragged from a frozen river by builders who thought it was a dog.
The group spotted the terrified animal struggling to escape from the icy water in the Sindi dam on the Parnu river in Estonia.
They cleared 100 metres of ice for the ‘dog’ to escape, and were eventually able to drag the completely stiff animal out with ice stuck in its fur.
This dog isn’t all as it seems (Picture: Estonian Animal Protection Association)
The wolf had to be taken home in their car (Picture: Estonian Animal Protection Association)The animal still needed immediate medical care, so they rushed him to a nearby vet.
But the only form of transport they had was their car, and the unsuspecting workmen even let the wolf warm itself up on their legs during the journey.
Murder charges dropped against designer of water slide that decapitated boy, 10Rando Kartsepp, one of the rescuers, told the Estonian newspaper Postimees: ‘He was calm, slept on my legs.
‘When I wanted to stretch them, he raised his head for a moment.’
The vets who treated him had their suspicions about what kind of animal the ‘dog’ was, and a local hunter confirmed it was in fact a young male wolf, thought to be about one-year-old.
They decided to muzzle and cage their new found companion (Picture: Estonian Animal Protection Association)
The wolf was fitted with a GPS collar and released back into the wild (Picture: Estonian Animal Protection Association)They decided to muzzle and cage their new found companion, just in case he wasn’t quite so docile when he began to feel a little better.
The Estonian Union for the Protection of Animals (EUPA) said the wolf had low blood pressure when it arrived at the vet, which may have explained its calmness when the workers carried it to their car.
He received treatment for severe hypothermia and shock and given drugs to fend off parasites.
After surviving his brush with death, the wolf was fitted with a GPS collar and released back into the wild.
The EUPA said it paid for the treatment, adding: ‘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.’