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What a Man Found Covered in Ash After a California Fire Had Him Immediately on the Phone With Emergency Services

CARLSBAD, CA - MAY 14: Firefighters spray water on a burning commercial structure at the Poinsettia fire, one of nine wildfires fueled by wind and record temperatures that erupted in San Diego County throughout the day, on May 14, 2014 in Carlsbad, California. Fire agencies throughout the state are scrambling to prepare for what is expected to be a dangerous year of wildfires in this third year of extreme drought in California. The Poinsettia fire has destroyed at least eight homes and severely damaged eight condos and two businesses. David McNew/Getty Images

A man found a shocking, pitiful sight in his backyard in the wake of the wildfires savaging Southern California: a scorched coyote pup, clinging to life.

She was alone, badly burned and just 10 weeks old.

Image source: screengrab via KFMB-TV Image source: screengrab via KFMB-TV

The tiny coyote is a victim of the multiple wildfires that have plagued Southern California, as historic dry conditions have turned huge tracts of land into a tinderbox.

The Carlsbad, California man who found the 10-week old pup in his backyard, her fur and footpads scorched by the fire, immediately called Animal Services.

"I think she is very lucky," said Ali Crumpacker, director of the Fund for Animal Wildlife Center in Ramona, California, where the pup is receiving treatment.

The baby coyote has a 60/40 chance of survival, Crumpacker told local KFMB-TV.

Image source: screengrab via KFMB-TV Image source: screengrab via KFMB-TV

For the time being, her face and feet are being kept covered by her caretakers, to prevent her burned-off footpads from becoming infected and to keep her calm as she recovers.

"If we can do all that, I think this little lady will be back out in Carlsbad later this year," Crumpacker said.

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