California Woman Takes in A Sick Coyote Thinking It Is a Dog and Nurses It Back to Health Under Her Porch!
A California woman recently mistook a sick coyote for a dog and nursed it back to health under her porch. Christine Marquez, a resident of Whittier, California, first saw the coyote when people in her neighborhood started posting photos of the strange-looking animal, who’d been wandering around for the past several weeks. In one photo, the coyote was drinking water out of someone’s birdbath in their backyard. Marquez got her first look at the coyote, whom she named Franky when he started sleeping under her porch.
Franky was a coyote — albeit a very sick one. He had a severe case of mange, a contagious skin condition caused by parasites burrowing into his skin, and he’d lost almost all his fur. In truth, Marquez wasn’t a fan of coyotes — she only associated them with negative things. However, when she saw Franky, her heart broke, and she knew she had to help him.
Finding help for Franky was harder than Marquez thought it would be. The city hall couldn’t get involved, and since Franky was a wild animal, animal control couldn’t help either. So Marquez turned to the internet, and she connected with wildlife experts in Oregon and Texas, who advised her to put mange medication (which she could buy at most feed stores) into pieces of chicken and leave the chicken out where Franky would be sure to eat it. Marquez decided to do exactly that — she bought the medication and chicken and started watching everyone’s posts about Franky like a hawk, keeping a close watch on his whereabouts.
Marquez’s efforts paid off when Jonsie Reynolds-Ross, a volunteer at Wildlife Care of SoCal, an organization that rescues and rehabilitates wild animals in California, caught Franky in a net while the coyote was sleeping. Franky was then taken to the Wildlife Care of SoCal, where he received treatment for his mange and other health issues. After a few months of treatment, Franky was released back into the wild.
In conclusion, Christine Marquez’s compassion for a sick coyote led to the animal’s recovery and release back into the wild. Her efforts to nurse Franky back to health are a testament to the power of kindness and compassion. It is important to remember that wild animals are not pets and should be treated with caution and respect. If you come across a sick or injured animal, it is best to contact a wildlife rescue organization or animal control for assistance.