Two kind-hearted construction workers from Estonia, who saved a frozen animal from the river, had the adventure of their lives this Wednesday. Rando Kartsepp, Robin Sillamäe and Erki Väli were all doing dredging work when they noticed what then looked like a dog trapped on the dam, swimming through the icy water of Parnu river. After clearing a path through the ice, they took the animal out of the water, wrapped it in a towel and put it in a car to make him warm. “We had to carry him over the slope. He weighed a fair bit,” one of the workers remembers.
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The three men called animal rescue and were told to take the ‘dog’ to a veterinary clinic in a nearby city. Rando, one of the workers, said that the animal was sleeping peacefully in the car, with its head resting on the man’s lap. According to him, the it was calm and when Rando wanted to stretch his legs, it raised its head for a moment. The specialists later found out that the wild animal had low blood pressure at the moment, which might explain the docile behavior displayed.
Soon after the animal was rescued, the Estonian Animal Protection Union took it to Facebook and posted: “When we got to the shore, the poor wolf was very exhausted, hypothermic and frozen. Young men quickly ran into the car, brought a towel and dried the animal. Then he took him to a warm car and called the animal protection Union. It was also a challenge for the union to think about what to do in the morning at 8 with a dog in [distress], who could also have been a wolf.”
The wolf has been already nursed back into health and released into the wild after the researchers from the National Environmental Agency put a GPS collar around his neck. The Estonian Union for the Protection of Animals (EUPA) paid for the wolf’s treatment and later told the media: “We are so happy for the outcome of the story, and wish to thank all the participants – especially these men who rescued the wolf and the doctors of the clinic who were not afraid to treat and nurture the wild animal.”