It was such a crazy day for April 21. We had two rounds of storms, trees down all over the area, lightening stuck the fuse just outside our home. Thankfully, we never lost power but everyone south of us did.
Honey said it was up to me because I would be the one taking care of it all the time, so while the kids napped, I fed the pup from a medicine dropper and kept it warm. Can you see a "but" coming? As I was holding in, I started to notice that it didn't look like a normal puppy, at least not one I had seen before. It's nose and toes looked different, it was larger than a normal puppy, and it wasn't soft. I called my cousin who raised Golden Retrievers, and as we talked, and I shared a few pictures of it, she said "Oh, I think it's a fox cub!" That started a fury of research and googling (that's a word right?), and it did look like a fox pup. I found out that foxes are legal to keep as pets, so I started to get excited a little bit, until she texted me that she didn't think it was a fox after all.
|Lady was NOT impressed nor happy|
|Funny toes and nose|
|Yummo! Feeding time!|
Since they are predatory to small children, and it was a COYOTE, I knew it couldn't stay. Oldest and I ran back into town and returned it where it was found, and decided to return after dinner to check on it. We knew it couldn't crawl off on it's own, but it was hard to leave it there defenseless. I know, I must have been crazy to be worried about this critter. The hard thing about returning it was I knew that at some point, someone would probably shoot it when it reached adulthood, due to coyotes in the city. So sad!
Thankfully, when we returned, it was gone. It's momma had returned and claimed it, which was an immense relief. I really wasn't looking forward to trying to keep this one alive and find a place that takes in coyotes. So there is my yarn about the day I held a coyote pup, loved it, and was in total awe and wonder about the sweet and rare opportunity we had.