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Source: Eestimaa Loomakaitse Liit / Facebook

Construction Workers Rescue Dog From Frozen River And Realize it's Actually a Wolf

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Feb. 25 2019, Updated 12:24 p.m. ET

Three construction workers were at the Sindu dam near the southwestern city of Parnu, Estonia, last week when they spotted an animal they believed to be a dog struggling in the frozen waters of the river. The group immediately jumped into action, clearing a 100-meter path through the ice before pulling it from the water. 

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Bundling the animal, which was suffering from hypothermia, into the back of a car and wrapping it in blankets, the three workers rushed to the Terveks Clinic. While they and the veterinary staff both thought the animal looked like a wolf, it wasn't until a local hunter saw it at the clinic that they knew they hadn't saved someone's family dog. 

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"He was calm, slept on my legs," one of the men, Rando Kartsepp, told Estonian newspaper Postimees. "When I wanted to stretch them, he raised his head for a moment." 

"The experience was new. We hope he will be fine," Kartsepp added, seemingly unfazed that he'd had a wolf laid across his lap. 

The wolf, which is believed be around one-year-old, was treated for severe hypothermia and shock, which is likely the reason he proved so docile to the three men. He was also prescribed a course of parasite control drugs. 

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Source: Eestimaa Loomakaitse Liit / Facebook
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The animal was released on Thursday, along with a GPS tracker fitted in a "nice yellow collar," according to the Terveks Clinic

Eestimaa Loomakaitse Liit, a local animal charity, posted photos of the wolf throughout its recovery, which attracted thousands of shares and hundreds of comments from people around the world. 

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Source: Eestimaa Loomakaitse Liit / Facebook

"Such beautiful eyes," one commenter wrote. "So good to see people helped the animal today. I hope this wolf can live a long and nice life in the free nature and that his life does not cross with a hunter." 

Another added: "What a sweet young wolf. Thank you for rescuing him ( or her)!"

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