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Canadian Saves Coyote Pup From Drowning And Lets Him Tag Along For A 10-Day Raft Ride
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Canadian Saves Coyote Pup From Drowning And Lets Him Tag Along For A 10-Day Raft Ride

As Justin found out, outdoor trips can become quite adventurous and full of unexpected twists. He was on a multi-day rafting trip down the Red Deer and Saskatchewan Rivers. One fateful day, he heard a commotion—a “dogfight”—he investigated, found nothing, and paid no mind to it. At first. But then, some time later, as he was fishing, he heard a squeak. Unbeknownst to Justin, he was about to catch something other than a fish.

He looked where the squeak was coming from and found a nose barely above water level. Because the water was dark and murky, he couldn’t make out what it was. As he was leaning over, Justin unexpectedly fell into the freezing water. Down there, he finally could make out what the creature was—a coyote pup! He managed to pull both of them out of the water.

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The pup was unconscious and didn’t seem to be breathing. Luckily, Justin had experience with CPR

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The pup was unconscious at first and didn’t seem to be breathing, but luckily, Justin had prior experience with CPR and managed a modified Heimlich maneuver by pushing on its belly. After a few pumps, water came gushing out of the coyote’s snout, and he could breathe again. Justin made a fire to warm and dry themselves.

Justin and YipYip were rafting together for the next 10 days with no service

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Justin and YipYip (that’s what he ended up naming the coyote puppy) were rafting together for the next 10 days with no service. Naturally, Justin took YipYip under his wing and took care of him the entire time. They would eat and cuddle together, and YipYip slept in his backpack when he wanted to. Eventually, Justin found a place with service and called his wife for advice. First, he contacted organizations in Ontario and Manitoba before he connected with the Swift Current SPCA, who rerouted him to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society Of Saskatchewan, who eventually broke the story as we know it.

They would eat and cuddle together, and YipYip slept in his backpack when he wanted to

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Unfortunately for everyone, these are the only photos that Justin could salvage. Turns out he had his camera damaged in the water during his trip.

Eventually, Justin found a place with service and called for help. YipYip on the left in a rescue center

Image credits: WRSOS

Eventually, Justin found a place with service and called his wife for advice. First, he contacted organizations in Ontario and Manitoba before he connected with the Swift Current SPCA, who rerouted him to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society Of Saskatchewan, who eventually broke the story as we know it.

As for YipYip, he is becoming wild again at the rehab and cautiously hides whenever someone approaches him, so there are few photos of him from there too. Which is good, because he will have to get back to his wild habitat, and he’s adjusting fast.

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Phil Boswell
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1 year ago

I'm pleasantly surprised at the lack of comments saying that he shouldn't have interfered with nature…

Joyce McKay
Community Member
1 year ago

Why??? We do it all the time with humans!!!

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CincyReds
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1 year ago

Awesome story, and I love the Name yipYip....too cute

Viviane
Community Member
1 year ago

Great name. Years back I heard coyotes introduce themselves: "Yipyipyipyip!"

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Azziza
Community Member
1 year ago

I confess I would've kept him. <3

Viviane
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm glad he didn't (I'm sure it was tempting!) - most wild animals make difficult pets because they have not evolved alongside humans. Plus it may not be legal to keep one. If you can afford it, you can foster a wild animal at a sanctuary or once covid is over, do some volunteer work at a shelter or a sanctuary. In the meantime, one can dream and enjoy pictures and videos. :)

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Phil Boswell
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm pleasantly surprised at the lack of comments saying that he shouldn't have interfered with nature…

Joyce McKay
Community Member
1 year ago

Why??? We do it all the time with humans!!!

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CincyReds
Community Member
1 year ago

Awesome story, and I love the Name yipYip....too cute

Viviane
Community Member
1 year ago

Great name. Years back I heard coyotes introduce themselves: "Yipyipyipyip!"

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Azziza
Community Member
1 year ago

I confess I would've kept him. <3

Viviane
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm glad he didn't (I'm sure it was tempting!) - most wild animals make difficult pets because they have not evolved alongside humans. Plus it may not be legal to keep one. If you can afford it, you can foster a wild animal at a sanctuary or once covid is over, do some volunteer work at a shelter or a sanctuary. In the meantime, one can dream and enjoy pictures and videos. :)

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