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Saving Navarre: The Dramatic Rescue of a Paralyzed Shot Wolf

Good news: due to the selfless efforts of rescuers Navarre is slowly recovering

Following up on the dramatic and risky rescue of an entrapped female humpback whale named Valentina I just learned about another most amazing rescue of a wolf named Navarre from the icy waters of a river in Italy. Here's the heartwarming story that may just move you to teears of joy.

"On January 9, 2012 the wolf Navarre was recovered from the icy waters of a river in very dramatic conditions: undernourished, with a paralysis of the hind limbs and with 35 lead pellets in his body.

"After several diagnostic tests, two weeks of intensive care in the infirmary, monitored 24 hours 24, Navarre started to walk. He was transferred to another enclosure of the Centre, suitable for his rehabilitation, which requires a gradual recovery of motor function without subjecting him to excessive physical effort. Thanks to a video camera placed in the enclosure Navarre is monitored day and night without being disturbed.

"It's still a long way, various diseases have weakened him a lot, but Navarre, thanks to his incredible will to live and care he received, started to walk improving gradually and giving good signs of recovery."

Watch this dramatic rescue and revel in knowing there are wonderful people out there doing wonderful things for other animals. This video will make your weekend.

The full version of Navarre's story can be found here. Sadly, Navarre died on June 5, 2012.

The teaser image is of Navarre being lifted from the icy waters. 

Note: I was just told about another amazing animal rescue, this time of four deer removed from icy Alaskan waters.

 

Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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