An 85-year-old named Gwen Maxwell was leaving her home when she saw what appeared to be a puppy crossing the street. From what she could see, the pup wasn’t moving very well, so Maxwell decided to take a closer look.
As she approached the creature, she couldn’t believe what she was seeing. The animal, whatever it’s identity, was covered in cacti!
Closer inspection revealed the cacti-covered creature was no dog at all, but a barely weeks-old coyote pup.
The coyote was totally encumbered by seven huge clumps of cholla cacti that were stuck to his legs, shoulders and face.
Gwen rushed to get a neighbor’s help when the little one finally collapsed in the heat.
“He’d get up and tumble around with all those chollas on him,” she said. “It was just so heartbreaking.”
The mother was nearby watching Gwen.
“She kept coming back and holding a vigil in my backyard,” said Gwen.
That’s when Jose Soto and Shawn Bordine, both employees of a nearby golf course arrived eager to help! They began to hatch a plan to free the helpless animal.
With a pair of heavy gloves and a set of pliers, the duo slowly began to pull the prickly prison from the coyote’s fur.
The brave little pup was “amazingly calm” during throughout their ordeal. He didn’t bite or make a sound. Finally freed from his prison, the little guy was cute as can be.
Though he was a little bloody and bruised, the little coyote turned out to be just fine!
After snapping a few quick pictures, the men let the little coyote pup on the ground and watched him run straight to mom. As they disappeared into the brush, no one could deny they’d just witnessed something beautiful.
We’re so thankful Maxwell and these golf course workers were there to help! A great reminder of lending a helping hand whenever we can.
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