RAMONA, Calif. — A female coyote pup burned in the Poinsettia Fire in Carlsbad now has company. Her brother is now being treated for similar burns.
Last week, the 6-pound, 3-month-old pup was taken from a canyon near Poinsettia Lane to the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona for treatment of a burned nose, ears and all four paws. Two days later, a male pup half her size was found on the other side of the canyon.
“It’s believed they’re from the same litter, because it’s unlikely two different coyote packs would have been sharing that same canyon,” said Ali Crumpacker, director of the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center.
Both young coyotes were found with serious burns after the Poinsettia Fire.
He was emaciated when he was found. His condition is significantly worse than hers.
“Either he stepped on something hotter or he stood for longer on something hotter, his burns were more severe,” said registered veterinary technician Gina Taylor, who is treating both pups.
Both pups are receiving ointment salves and antibiotics. Their paws bandaged to keep out infection. Her bandages are pink; his blue.
“She’s looking very good,” said Taylor. “She’s gaining a little bit of weight.”
Caregivers are more guarded about his prognosis since his burns are more severe. He lost all but two toenails in the fire but they’re still optimistic.
“He should be able to progress on the same path as his sister,” said Crumpacker.
The two are being kept sedated and secluded in the intensive care unit of the medical facility. They are being kept side by side in crates.
“(It’s) rare to find one burn victim in a wildfire like this in the first place, but to find two that are probably from the same family unit is a miracle for them,” said Crumpacker.
Animal caregivers are hopeful the two will continue to heal together and will months from now be released by as part of a small pack.
“We’re really looking forward to the day that we can get them back together and see that they recognize and remember each other and hopefully grow up together and go back to the wild,” said Crumpacker.
The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center is a refuge in Ramona where orphaned or injured wildlife are treated with the hope of releasing them back into the wild.
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