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Animal saved from icy Estonian river turns out to be a wolf

Estonian construction workers got the shock of their lives when they found out that the animal they had rescued from an icy river was not a dog, but a wolf.

HELSINKI – Estonian construction workers were shocked when they discovered that the animal they had rescued from an ice-cold river was not a dog, but a wolf.

Rando Kartsepp, Robin Sillamae and Erki Vali told the Postimees newspaper that they were working at the Sindi dam on the frozen Parnu river in southwestern Estonia, when they saw an animal that swam fiercely in a maze of ice.

They saved the ice-covered animal and brought it to a shelter. A hunter told them that it was a one-year-old male wolf suffering from shock and hypothermia.

The young wolf recovered after a day and was released with a GPS collar.

Estonia has an estimated 200 wolves. The gray wolf was declared by nature organizations as the national animal of Estonia in 2018.

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