PHOENIX (FOX 10) - A good Samaritan rescues what she thinks is a "puppy." As it turns out, it wasn't.
A Valley woman on her way home from work discovered an abandoned puppy lying in the middle of the road. She immediately calls a local rescue for assistance. When the rescue team arrives, they told her what they had in their hands was no "average puppy."
It was Tuesday evening when Elli Smith from Sky Sanctuary Rescue received a call from a couple who found an "abandoned" puppy.
"They told me the eyes were still closed so I know that it needed help immediately," said Smith. "Newborn puppies need food every two to three hours."
Smith rushed over to help. When she arrived at the couple's home, she was surprised at what she was looking at.
"I looked down and was like, 'That's not a puppy,'" Smith said. "It's a coyote, which is still a puppy, but it's a coyote."
The pup was believed to be 10 to 12 days old. They named the female coyote Riley and for the next 24 hours, Smith was busy caring for her, feeding her and keeping her warm.
By Thursday morning, Riley was transferred to Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center where she'll continue to get the care she needs. interestingly enough, the wild animal rescue was also caring for another orphaned coyote pup believed to be Riley's sibling.
"The couple of babies that we received lately, they're only about a week old," said Kim Carr with the conversation center. "They are only about a week old [and] they miss their mom. They are crying for their mom [and we're] trying to keep them calm and give them comfort [as well as] stuffed animals to cuddle with.
Carr says both coyotes will be provided with a coyote foster mom The goal is to get these pups back into the wild.
"If we're picking them up and cuddling and signing to them and rocking them, they're going to think people are okay," Carr said. "And then they're going to be too friendly and they're going to lose that natural fear of people and that's one coyote that's not going to do good in the wild, or not released at all."