Smallest wildfire burn victim treated in Ramona

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RAMONA, Calif. — Perhaps the smallest victim of last week’s wildfires is just six pounds and nearly three months old.  The coyote pup found wandering around Carlsbad Thursday night is now being treated in Ramona for burns to her nose, ears and all four paws.

InjuredCoyotePupGina Taylor, Registered Veterinary Technician at the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center, pointed to the raw paw pads during Friday’s exam.

“This is actually exposed and very sensitive,” said Taylor as she applied ointment to the paws.

Taylor said the pup’s fur was singed but she wasn’t burned on her belly or back.

“So I think she’s very lucky,” she said.

The 10 to 12 week old was found in a neighborhood near Poinsettia Lane where the Poinsettia Fire burned more than 400 acres and destroyed several homes including an 18-unit apartment complex.

“This is worst timing ever for these wildfires to come through,” Ali Crumpacker, Director of the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center.  “It’s baby season.”

It’s assumed the coyote pup got separated from her parents during the fire. She is too young to be on her own.  Crumpacker said there could be other baby animals displaced.

“Not only do we have baby coyotes, baby weasels, and baby rabbits but there are birds that were probably in those trees that couldn’t fly yet and it’s breaking our hearts not to know what has been impacted,” she said.

Crumpacker said animals that did survive likely escaped to more populated areas.

“Everyone’s going to probably start to restart their nest so everyone’s probably going to see more wildlife activity than they’re used to this year,” she said.

The coyote pup’s caretakers are optimistic about her future.

She has a lot of healing ahead but if all goes well, she could be released in a few months.

“I think this little lady will be back out in Carlsbad toward the end of the year,” said Gina Taylor.

The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center is a non-profit oasis where orphaned and injured wildlife are treated with the goal of releasing them into the wild.  To learn more, to volunteer or to donate click here.

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