A Sick And Miserable ‘Fox’ Surprises His Rescuers By Turning Out To Be Something Very Different.

Workers at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Duluth, Minnesota, were up for a big surprise when the “sick and miserable fox” they rescued turned out to be something quite unexpected.

The extremely thin animal, initially thought to be a fox, was found wandering around in the suburbs earlier this month.

Only a few months old, the animal was rescued after being chased by a dog into an isolated window well. Worried about the miserable looking creature’s well-being, the family who found him called for help.

An extremely thin animal, initially thought to be a fox, was found wandering around in the suburbs earlier this month.

A Sick And Miserable 'Fox' Surprises His Rescuers By Turning Out To Be Something Very Different.

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However, by the time rescuers from the rehab center, Wildwoods, managed to get to the scene, the frightened animal had escaped and disappeared.

The rescuers eventually identified the “fox” as a coyote pup and enlisted a wildlife specialist to help retrieve him.

Fazard Farr, executive director at Wildwoods, who took part in the animal’s capture, said:

He was so lethargic. He was unable to fight. When I went to grab him, he didn’t even bite.

Only a few months old, the animal was rescued after being chased by a dog into an isolated window well.

A Sick And Miserable 'Fox' Surprises His Rescuers By Turning Out To Be Something Very Different.

The rescuers eventually identified the “fox” as a coyote pup and enlisted a wildlife specialist to help retrieve him.

A Sick And Miserable 'Fox' Surprises His Rescuers By Turning Out To Be Something Very Different.

The young coyote pup could barely walk and had lost 70 percent of his fur to mange — an illness which is caused by a parasitic mite which burrow into the skin, causing intense itching and hair loss.

Wildwoods wrote on Facebook:

Affected animals are too miserable to hunt and often die of starvation or, in the winter, exposure due to fur loss.

The rescuers at Wildwoods wrote on Facebook: “We put her under anesthesia to check her over and give her the first round of anti-mange treatments. As you can see, she is woefully thin–skin (not much fur) and bones…”

A Sick And Miserable 'Fox' Surprises Her Rescuers By Turning Out To Be Something Very Different.

Wildwoods wrote on Facebook: “Though the mangy coyote pup has a long road of recovery in front of him, he is perking up with treatment.”

A Sick And Miserable 'Fox' Surprises Her Rescuers By Turning Out To Be Something Very Different.

In the care of the specialists at Wildwoods, the young coyote is expected to fully bounce back from his illness and to gain weight before he is eventually released back into the wild.

Wildwoods wrote in a recent Facebook update:

Though the mangy coyote pup has a long road of recovery in front of him, he is perking up with treatment.

“Here she is, resting after waking up. She’ll be with us for a while as she gets better from the mange and fattens up.”

A Sick And Miserable 'Fox' Surprises His Rescuers By Turning Out To Be Something Very Different.

And here is a real fox cub getting rescued from a drain, while his nervous mom watches on:

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