They Pulled a Dog From Icy River. It Wasn't a Dog

Construction workers said the wolf was 'calm. Slept on my legs'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 24, 2019 10:24 AM CST
An ice carving of a howling wolf, one-of-a-kind ice sculptures, carved from 300lb blocks of solid ice, is displayed as part of the Ice Magic Festival in Lake Louise, Alta., Jan. 21, 2016.   (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Newser) – Estonian construction workers got the shock of their lives when they found out the animal they saved from an icy river was not a dog but a wolf. Rando Kartsepp, Robin Sillamae, and Erki Vali told the Postimees newspaper they were working at the Sindi dam on the frozen Parnu River in southwestern Estonia when they saw an animal frantically swimming in a maze of ice. They rescued the ice-coated animal, bundled him into their car to warm up, and took him to a shelter.

"We had to carry him over the slope. He weighed a fair bit," Kartsepp says. "He was calm, slept on my legs. When I wanted to stretch them, he raised his head for a moment." A hunter told them it was about a one-year old male wolf suffering from shock and hypothermia, reports the AP. The young wolf recovered after a day and was released back into the wild with a GPS collar. Estonia has an estimated 200 wolves. The grey wolf was voted Estonia's national animal by nature organizations in 2018.

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