The so-called “mystery animal” who was rescued from the cold in Pennsylvania has made a break for it. The coyote or dog (nobody is certain, but the breakout behavior is pointing to coyote!) busted out of a crate, trashed a room, broke a window, and went through a screen before disappearing.
Wildlife Works Inc., who was nursing the animal back to health, broke the shocking news to Facebook followers on Thursday morning, writing:
WORST NEWS EVER!!!!!!!We don’t know how to tell you this, but the “coyote” escaped last night. We are devastated, and we know you all will be devastated too.
Describing the lengths the animal went to in order to get out:
When she got up this AM and went to her hospital building, she was met with the horrifying site of a destroyed empty cage and a trashed hospital area (see photos). There were scratches on the walls, especially below the window; the window seal was chewed until he was able to force the window open, then he tore through the screen. Not in our wildest dreams did we expect something like this!
Up until the great escape, the animal had done little more than crouch in the back of his cage, showing no signs of aggression or distress. His care providers are assuming that he finally felt good enough to break free and run.
The agency said:
We had him for about a week, during which time he ate nutritious food and received treatment for his mange and secondary infections. We can only guess he was starting to feel somewhat better and decided it was time to go.
The organization is not giving up hope – they are putting out “enticing” food with the hopes of luring him back for continued care. This does, however, appear to answer the question that the DNA tests were supposed to provide about whether he is a coyote or a dog. Judging by his behavior, it seems that the mystery animal is a coyote.
The agency has promised to let everyone know if the wiley coyote is captured again.
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