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.
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.
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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