Big-hearted Estonian workers rushed to rescue a distressed dog from a frozen river – unaware of the fact that they were about to pack a wild wolf in their car.
Rando Kartsepp, Robin Sillamäe and Erki Väli were all doing dredging work when they noticed what looked like a dog trapped on the dam, swimming in the icy waters of the Parnu River.
After clearing a path through the thin ice, they took the animal out of the water. “We had to carry him over the slope. He weighed a fair bit,” one of the workers remembers.
The Estonian Union for the Protection of Animals (EUPA) said the wolf had low blood pressure when it arrived at the veterinarian’s office.
Veterinarians had some suspicions over the large dog’s true nature, but it was a local hunter, familiar with the region’s wolves, who finally confirmed it for what it was: a young male wolf, about a year old.